Artificial Intelligence Bulletin – Transparent AI Systems

Posted By on August 10, 2016

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Each week on a Wednesday Nikolas Badminton, Futurist highlights the top stories from the past week relating to the incredible rise of artificial intelligence and its application in society, the workplace, in cities, and in our lives.

In Artificial Intelligence Bulletin – Transparent AI Systems  we see an IBM response to The White House, transparent AI systems, how Universities will use AI, and Nikolas’ talk about AI at Communitech.


Response to – Request for Information
Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence

IBM responded to a White House RFI and it is a great summarization on the future for AI. Read the article and see these concluding remarks.

AI systems are augmenting human intelligence and will ultimately transform our personal and professional lives. Its benefits far outweigh its risks. And with the right policies and support, those benefits can be realized sooner.

Policy makers should focus on:

  • Facilitating a fact-based dialogue on the capabilities and limitations of AI technologies
  • Developing progressive social and economic policies to deploy AI systems for broad public good
  • Developing progressive education and workforce programs for future generations
  • Investing in a long-range interdisciplinary research program for advancing the science and design of AI systems

See more here.

Towards Transparent AI Systems

Towards Transparent AI Systems: Do humans and deep networks look at the same regions while answering visual questions? Presented by Professor Dhruv Batra from Virginia Tech.

Four ways that artificial intelligence can benefit universities

First, there is a new role for Higher Education (HE) to equip graduates to work effectively alongside artificially intelligent systems.

The onslaught of AI on white-collar jobs is likely to lead to the AI augmentation of human intelligence, rather than the total replacement of human workers with machine workers. We need workers who understand how to make the best use of the power that AI automation can bring to industry and commerce.

Workers who know where and how human intelligence can work with AI to achieve this augmented human intelligence – an intelligence that is greater than the sum of its parts – can increase productivity. HE could and should lead the way in developing its educators’ knowledge and skills about AI and the ways that people can work effectively with AI systems.

Read more at Times Higher Education

I, for One, Welcome Our AI Overlords

And right now, with the imminent emergence of machines that are going to put you, me, and everyone we know out of work, we are acting like the shitty parents. As a species, we are on the verge of birthing the most prodigiously advanced and intelligent child within our known universe. It will go on to do things that we cannot comprehend or understand. It may remain loving and loyal to us. It may bring us along and integrate us into its adventures. Or it may decide that we were shitty parents and stop calling us back.

Whatever happens, that shouldn’t change how we feel about this moment. It’s bigger than us. Who cares if we are one big, long evolutionary boot disk for something greater than we can comprehend? That’s great! It means we had one job. And we came and fucking did it. Be happy you were part of the generation that saw it get done. And now tearfully wave goodbye as our kid gets ready to move out of the house and start a life so amazing that it exists beyond the horizon of our comprehension.

Read more at Observer

Nikolas Badminton, Futurist: Artificial Intelligence Keynote

Nikolas Badminton, Futurist talks about Artificial Intelligence, it’s history, it’s evolution, and how it can be practically applied in today’s world. Nikolas’ keynote was supported by COMMUNITECH and held in a packed house at the Tech Leadership Summit in 2016.

See the slides to accompany the presentation – The Future of Society: The Artificial Intelligence Revolution. Email Nikolas to book him for your conference, podcast, TV and/or Radio show.


Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.

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