ThinkNation talk

ThinkNation is a brilliant initiative. The brainchild of Lizzie Hodgson, it is “where young people, artists and thought leaders tackle how technology is impacting everyday life and shaping our futures.” Given the profound importance of the changes sweeping through our lives in the coming years and decades, there aren't many more important subjects to address. So I was very pleased to deliver this talk (11 minutes) to an impressive group of 14-18 year-olds at a ThinkNation conference in December.  It was followed by this discussion. (20 minutes)

The Big Issue

So I am delighted that they commissioned this article about, well ... a Big Issue.  Click on the logo or the image below to go to the site and read the full article. So I am delighted that they commissioned this article about, well ... a Big Issue.  Click on the logo or the image below to go to the site and read the full article.

Letter from Utopia

When Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates talked about the promise and the peril of Artificial Intelligence last year, the media only heard the peril part. And the Terminator got a new lease of life. Since then a more balanced approach has been settling in. As a wise and sapient reader of this blog, you already know that those luminaries were prompted to comment on AI by the publication of Nick Bostrom's book “Superintelligence”. (If you haven't read it yet, you should.) Bostrom is often characterised as a doom-sayer, which he categorically is not. Although the New Year fireworks...

Mark Zuckerberg's New Year Resolution

Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year Resolution was to programme an AI to become his butler.  He was aiming at Iron Man’s faithful companion, Jarvis.  But surely he knows that Robert Downey Junior based his portrayal of Iron Man on Elon Musk? Interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.  

A dozen AI-related forecasts for 2016

An AI system devised by DeepMind will beat the best human at Go. (Rather splendidly, he is called Yoda.) SwiftKey's Neural Alpha – a keyboard for phones which uses Deep Learning to dramatically improve predictive typing - will be launched to the general public and will be big news. Virtual reality will become really quite a big thing. The existential risk organisations (FLI in Boston, FHI at Oxford, CSER at Cambridge, MIRI in California) will continue to grow resources and awareness despite a media backlash against 2015's excitement about all things AI. My book The Economic Singularity, about technological unemployment,...