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Harvard, MIT, Berkley Profs Bring AI to Light – This Week in Artificial Intelligence 07-18-15

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Harvard, MIT, Berkley Profs Bring AI to Light – This Week in Artificial Intelligence 07-18-15

1 – Harvard Researcher Rethinks Economic Theory in a Theoretical AI-Dominated Economy

David C. Parkes, Area Dean of Computer Science at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, believes that we may need to rethink our present understanding of economic theory. In a world where AI might bring new efficiency to new markets. Parkes believes that our revealed preferences (through day-to-day behaviors) can inform AI as to what products we’d like to wear, what kind of house we’d like to buy, etc…, and thereby improve efficiencies in markets “hopefully not in a creepy way.”

(Full article on

2. AI “As Dangerous as Nuclear Weapons” Claims Berkley Professor

Professor Stuart Russell, a computer scientist who has lead research on artificial intelligence, fears humanity might be ‘driving off a cliff’ with the rapid development of AI. Russell states his belief that regulating AI will be much more difficult than regulating nuclear energy, and that it will be paramount to factor in human value to AI systems (though he seems to admit that this would be a bewilderingly difficult task in and of itself).

(Full article on DailyMail)

3. MIT’s Max Tegmark Brings Optimism to AI Risk on NPR

Professor Tegmark and other distinguished AI researcher guests join Tom Ashbrook on NPR’s “On Point.” Max mentions that while the negative predictions about AI tend to get most attention, he believes in an informed and optimistic perspective about AI’s development. He speaks to the fallacy of “evil” AI, and the importance of aligning the goals of AI be aligned with human goals.

(Full article and interview on NPR)

4. Accenture Gets a Leg Up on Process Improvement with Help from Worksoft’s Artificial Intelligence

Accenture aims to continue it’s work in improving the implementation and use of technology in it’s client companies, in a new and potentially more automatic way:

Accenture now says it will integrate new automation capabilities for ‘end-to-end application and system business process validation’ within its own software services business. The firm will do through a new alliance relationship with Worksoft, a firm known for its business process validation software.

(Full article on Forbes)

5. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s “Omega Point” Gets New Attention in the Irish Examiner

The increasing popularity of semi-vague post-human conditions is generally summed up with the term “Singularity” (made famous by Ray Kurzweil, though not his original term). A recent article in the Irish Examiner brings to light the “Omega Point” hypothesis of twentieth century philosopher / scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – a kind of pre-singularity vision of united, universal consciousness. While the theory put Pierre out of favor with the church in the 1940’s, it’s gained credence recently as an interesting jump-off point for questions around the next logical steps in the trajectory of the internet (our current equivalent of a “noosphere,” or globally connected sphere of thought).

The article itself aims to not only shed light on de Chardin’s thoery, but on the potential transition beyond the human condition: “…And if there’s going to be a tipping-point towards a new universe, then we should make sure it tips the right way.”

(Full article on Irish Examiner)


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