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It’s easier to understand when you’ve got things right than exactly how you got things wrong. Therein lies an insight that could save a lot of lives.
Consider relationships. You can know whether you’re happy with your partner, but you can never be sure you shouldn’t have dated someone else entirely. Or say you own a company. Good and bad employees are easy to recognize: Some work hard and are happy, others shirk or quit soon after their expensive training ends. But it’s much harder to know whether you’ve passed over good candidates, because you never gave them a chance to prove themselves.
My newest Bloomberg View piece just came out this morning: Ray Dalio Has an Unbelievable Algorithm Does it merely reinforce its maker’s biases? Looking back I just realized that I never posted last week’s Bloomberg View column: Maybe Facebook Is Broken: How can you stop people from sharing biased and misleading stuff? For […]
I was on WBUR’s Open Source with Christopher Lydon – a show I regularly listened to when I lived in Somerville – last night discussing Max Tegmark’s new book, Life 3.0. Other guests were Erik Brynjolfsson and Yarden Katz. Here’s the episode: Intelligence By Design
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Have you heard? Someday we will live in a perfect society ruled by an omnipotent artificial intelligence, provably and utterly beneficial to mankind.
That is, if we don’t all die once the machines gain consciousness, take over, and kill us.
Wait, actually, they are going to take some of us with them, and we will transcend to another plane of existence. Or at least clones of us will. Or at least clones of us that are not being perpetually tortured for our current sins.
These are all outcomes that futurists of various stripes currently believe. A futurist is a person who spends a serious amount of time—either paid or unpaid—forming theories about society’s future.
My latest Bloomberg View column is out, in which I try to imagine an internet optimized for citizens rather than consumers: Facebook and Google, Show Us Your Ad Data For other columns, take a look here.
Researchers and politicians are trying to make "black boxes" more accountable.
Computer algorithms play an increasingly important role in running the world -- filtering news, assessing prospective employees, even deciding when to set prisoners free. All too often, though, their creators don’t make them adequately accountable to the people whose lives they affect.
It’s thus good to see some researchers and politicians starting to do something about it.