The ghost of Edward Teller must have been doing the rounds between members of the National Commission on Artificial Intelligence. The father of the hydrogen bomb was never one too bothered by the ethical niggles that came with inventing murderous technology. It was not, for instance, “the scientist’s job to […]
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25 January 2021 marked one hundred years since the première of Czech sci-fi writer Karel Čapek’s play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots). The short work anticipated subsequent books on the subject, as well as cyberpunk and post-apocalyptic films like The Terminator and Alien: Covenant. Rossum’s universal robots were conceived as human […]
They all do it: corporations, regimes, authorities. They all have the same reasons: efficiency, serviceability, profitability, all under the umbrella term of “security”. Call it surveillance, or call it monitoring the global citizenry; it all comes down to the same thing. You are being watched for your own good, and […]
The main battle between the US and China today is for the position of global technology leader. Washington is using the technology sector to bully Beijing in the hope that it will undermine its economic position as the US once managed to do with Tokyo.
When profit, unfair competition, and the pursuit of short-term fads are the ideals, trolling and manipulation of any kind will only continue to evolve. There have been instances where small groups of activists with perfectly reasonable objectives have copied the tactics of large corporations by using the astroturfing technique, i.e. the artificial creation of public opinion.
Many of the techniques that help manipulate public perception, create fake news and make false leads for the subsequent prosecution of an innocent party are based on artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. While the Silicon giants in America have more or less established a monopoly in social and political engineering through […]
Future campaigns will pick not just the issues and slogans a candidate should support, but also the candidate who should champion those issues. Temporal trends for different voter blocks might be compared to genetic and medical data to understand regional shifts in political leanings, thereby illuminating methods for slicing and dicing audiences in favor of or against a specified agenda.