Privacy breaches, information dragnets, darknet, hacks, cybercrime, leaks, sometimes it makes you wonder what good information technology actually brings to human kind. Sure, media has always focused on things that can go sour; our first interest is in what disasters or negative effects inventions and innovations bring to us. And, they usually do. Alfred Nobel’s […] Read more »
The Future of Work: Steady Hands No Longer Needed
In our series on the future of work we have touched upon several lines of business where humans are in the process of being replaced by machines. From the 2013 study from Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne called The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerization? It became clear that many […] Read more »
I am sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.
These were the words of HAL (Heuristically programmed ALgorithmic computer) to astronaut David Bowman in Arthur C. Clark’s novel ‘2001: A Space Odyssey (1969). As with many science fiction books, it takes a while before futuristic concepts become reality. In this case the onboard HAL 9000 computer concludes that the crew of the spacecraft is […] Read more »
The Ethical Machine Versus The Ruthless Samaritan
In TV series “Person of Interest” protagonist Finch has built a software system that is capable of predicting crime by combining artificial intelligence (AI) with access to all kinds of public and private data. He has designed the machine code in such a way that it values the life of individuals. The Machine has been […] Read more »