Bentham, Hobbes, and The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Bentham, Hobbes, and The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all, you would think that the coming artificial intelligence revolution was a foregone conclusion, but many of these pronouncements tend to give a cursory acknowledgment of the ethics of artificial intelligence as if these are simply academic exercises that have no real bearing on the development of AI.

Those on the cutting edge of AI development know better. Autonomous vehicle makers are carefully managing the roll-out of autonomous vehicles knowing full well that a hasty introduction of these systems could lead to a public backlash that can shut the whole thing […]

The more a job changes, the more secure it might be

He said jobs are evolving and the average level of task change in the past five years is about 10 per cent a year and where there is task change, the statistics suggest there is much more job security.

"The more rapidly your job is changing, the more secure it is and if your job isn’t changing, you’re probably going to lose it," he said.

"Bearing this in mind, the workplace is actually much more secure which is completely contrary to the message being put out there at present."He said Australian workplaces are already undergoing incremental change by driving their own […]

Vijay Eswaran Talks About the Role of Technology in the Modern Business Landscape

Vijay Eswaran Talks About the Role of Technology in the Modern Business Landscape

As influential leaders, entrepreneurs, and politicians gather in Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum, one topic is on everyone’s mind: the impact technology is having on the workplace. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau touched on the topic with concern for the speed of change. He stated that “the world of work certainly has changed a lot since I started out in business in the 1980s… The pace of change, [especially technological change], has never been this fast, yet it will never be this slow again.” This echoes the fears that many of us share about the pace of […]

Myth Debunked: Machines Create More Jobs Than They Destroy

Myth Debunked: Machines Create More Jobs Than They Destroy

Ding Ting/Xinhua/ZUMA MUNICH — Do machines replace humans? Since the beginning of industrialization 200 years ago, we earthlings have been plagued by this fear. From the early uprisings of the weavers to the 1970s "job killer computer" slogan, and up until the 2013 thesis of researchers Michael Osborne and Carl B. Frey, according to whom machines could soon take away every second job. But a German researcher, Terry Gregory of the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), now presents a very different calculation. According to him, automation has brought Europe an additional 1.5 million jobs in the past decade.

Whether machines […]

The Robot Revolution: An (Automated) Wake-Up Call For Marketers

The Robot Revolution: An (Automated) Wake-Up Call For Marketers

The players in Super Bowl LIII looked pretty robotic, but fortunately there were other (more entertaining?) robots to see in the commercials. Michelob Ultra’s Robot showed us that it can outperform people in the gym, but it still (at least as of this writing) can’t enjoy a cold brew. Turbotax’s Robot Child was far too creepy to ever share a beer with anyone.

Robots are showing up everywhere, and often not in a great light as workers’ concerns about being replaced by one continue to grow. Progressive has been plastering cities with a billboard that proclaims , “Robots can’t take […]

1 big thing: Chip sales hit record in 2018, but slowdown seen

1 big thing: Chip sales hit record in 2018, but slowdown seen

Manufacturing a semiconductor wafer. Photo: Alfredo Sosa/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images Global chip sales rose nearly 14% last year to a record $468.8 billion, according to new numbers from the Semiconductor Industry Association. However, growth slowed significantly in the second half as the industry enters what appears to be a period of slower growth.

Why it matters : Chips are at the heart of all manner of electronics, from phones and PCs to broader markets like cars and appliances. Plus, unlike the gear they end up in, a significant number of semiconductors are not only designed in […]

How to ‘future proof’ your career: The top 10 growth jobs over the next five years

How to ‘future proof’ your career: The top 10 growth jobs over the next five years

Worried a robot’s coming for your job? There’s still time to ‘future proof’ your career. Photo: YouTube The rise of automation and artificial intelligence means the prospect of a robot stealing your job is no-longer the stuff of science fiction.

However, there’s still time to ‘future-proof’ your career by choosing a job in one of the sectors tipped to grow over the next five years, new analysis by Sydney-based firm McCrindle has found.

From health care to sports and hospitality, these are the jobs and industries tipped to rise – and fall – over the next half decade. Four sectors to […]

IMF study highlights how digitization has transformed China

IMF study highlights how digitization has transformed China

How digitization has transformed China. Source: Shutterstock CHINA has grown to become a force to reckon with thanks to its championing of artificial intelligence (AI), 5G, and other new and emerging technologies. A new study by the International Monetary Funds (IMF) takes a hard look at the country’s digitization achievements so far.

Despite the debates and discussions that the US-China trade war is certain to make an impact on technology, China’s digital economy is expected to continue to expand rapidly. US-CHINA STRAIN MUCH BIGGER THAN TRADE WAR SAYS NUS PROFESSOR 0are quoted to have revitalized the economy.

Thanks to digitization, businesses […]

A good time to replace human workers with robots? When the next recession comes.

A good time to replace human workers with robots? When the next recession comes.

A robot named Marty cleans the floors at a Giant grocery story in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. On Monday, the Carlisle-based Giant Food Stores announced new robotic assistants will be arriving at all 172 Giant stores by the middle of this year. The chain’s parent company says it plans to eventually deploy the robots to nearly 500 stores. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Matt Rourke / AP Robots’ infiltration of the workforce doesn’t happen gradually, at the pace of technology. It happens in surges, when companies are given strong incentives to tackle the difficult task of automation.

Typically, those incentives […]

The Trade War Is a Farce

The Trade War Is a Farce

Trump Xi As the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting continues in Davos, Switzerland, this week, discussions around global trade, the future of advanced manufacturing, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution are at an all-time high. In particular, the popular news media has been making a daily diet talking about the U.S. trade war with China.

Unfortunately, they are missing the real story: the potentially profound effects of reshoring on U.S. manufacturing and on the widening skills gap.

A few reports are seeing the fumes of the real story but miss the overall point. News articles have surfaced about the success of […]