Moral Wisdom in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Cybernetics Pioneer Norbert Wiener’s Prophetic Admonition About Technology and Ethics

Norbert Wiener “The world of the future will be an ever more demanding struggle against the limitations of our intelligence, not a comfortable hammock in which we can lie down to be waited upon by our robot slaves.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Intelligence supposes goodwill,” Simone de Beauvoir wrote in the middle of the twentieth century. In the decades since, as we have entered a new era of technology risen from our minds yet not always consonant with our values, this question of goodwill has faded dangerously from the set of considerations around artificial intelligence and the alarming cult of increasingly … Continue reading Moral Wisdom in the Age of Artificial Intelligence: Cybernetics Pioneer Norbert Wiener’s Prophetic Admonition About Technology and Ethics

Moral technology

A screen shows a demonstration of SenseTime Group Ltd’s SenseVideo pedestrian and vehicle recognition system in Beijing, China, on Friday 15 June 2018. Photo by Bloomberg/Getty Images Self-driving cars don’t drink and medical AIs are never overtired. Given our obvious flaws, what can humans still do best? Paula Boddington is a senior research fellow at Cardiff University. She is the author of Towards a Code of Ethics for Artificial Intelligence (2017). She lives in Oxford. Edited by Nigel Warburton A five-year-old boy is helping his grandmother cook by cutting out biscuits from the dough she’s made, and he’s doing it rather badly. He … Continue reading Moral technology

AI ALGORITHMS ARE NOW SHOCKINGLY GOOD AT DOING SCIENCE

Whether probing the evolution of galaxies or discovering new chemical compounds, algorithms are detecting patterns no humans could have spotted. RACHEL SUGGS/QUANTA MAGAZINE AUTHOR: DAN FALK NO HUMAN, OR team of humans, could possibly keep up with the avalanche of information produced by many of today’s physics and astronomy experiments. Some of them record terabytes of data every day—and the torrent is only increasing. The Square Kilometer Array, a radio telescope slated to switch on in the mid-2020s, will generate about as much data traffic each year as the entire internet. Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication of the Simons Foundation whose mission … Continue reading AI ALGORITHMS ARE NOW SHOCKINGLY GOOD AT DOING SCIENCE

This robot wants to teach you Buddhist chants

A robot named Mindar uses its voice, hand gestures and eye contact to bond with those who want to learn about Buddhism. BY  BONNIE BURTON In Japan, robots run hotels, get married and even have their own funerals. Now they can add Buddhist teacher to the list. A new humanoid robot is offering lessons in Buddhist teachings, and delivering sermons in Buddhist philosophy, at the Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto, Japan, through May 6. The robot named Mindar gives a “futuristic vision of the Bodhisattva Kannon also known as the Goddess of Mercy,” according to South China Morning Post. The robot not only chants and teaches, but uses hand gestures and eye … Continue reading This robot wants to teach you Buddhist chants

How AI Will Rewire Us

For better and for worse, robots will alter humans’ capacity for altruism, love, and friendship. by NICHOLAS A. CHRISTAKIS Fears about how robots might transform our lives have been a staple of science fiction for decades. In the 1940s, when widespread interaction between humans and artificial intelligence still seemed a distant prospect, Isaac Asimov posited his famous Three Laws of Robotics, which were intended to keep robots from hurting us. The first—“a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm”—followed from the understanding that robots would affect humans via direct interaction, for … Continue reading How AI Will Rewire Us

THE SHAMANIC PERSPECTIVE ON AI AND TRANSHUMANISM

by Sergey Baranov, Contributor Waking Times In my recent book, The Mescaline Confessions, I wrote a chapter about a stark vision I one day received from the Huachuma cactus, warning of a future in which our own technology will devour us. Huachuma, also known as San Pedro, is a sacred cactus native to the Andes which is shamanically used in Peru and has been for thousands of years. Its active ingredient is the alkaloid mescaline, which was made known to the world by Aldous Huxley in his book The Doors of Perception. Technology, the cactus told me, is not our God – it is our servant. Technology itself … Continue reading THE SHAMANIC PERSPECTIVE ON AI AND TRANSHUMANISM

He’s back: Dalí Museum resurrects Salvador Dalí through artificial intelligence

Dali Lives, an experience that uses artificial intelligence to create an uncanny version of Salvador Dali, opens a the Dali Museum in April. Courtesy of Paradise Public Relations. Want to hear all about Dalí’s work from the artist himself? “Dalí Lives,” an experience that uses artificial intelligence to create an uncanny version of Salvador Dalí, opens a the Dalí Museum in April. By Maggie Duffy ST. PETERSBURG — Things will get even more surreal at the Dalí Museum in April, when the “Dalí Lives” experience opens featuring an artificial intelligence version of Salvador Dalí himself. Dalí died in 1989. But the … Continue reading He’s back: Dalí Museum resurrects Salvador Dalí through artificial intelligence