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AI Systems’ Security and Safety … A No-Brainer?

– The June 2017 issue of IEEE Spectrum is devoted to comparing AI (artificial intelligence) systems to the human brain. It is a special report containing eight articles under the umbrella of “Can We Copy the Brain?” We must ask whether this a reasonable endeavor? Will it give us a better…

Lip Reading Computers … Here Comes HAL

– When I read about lip-reading computers in an article by Prachi Patel with the intriguing title “Machines Just Got Better at Lip Reading” available at http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/computing/software/machines-just-got-better-at-lip-reading , I was immediately reminded of HAL 9000, the…

Taxing Robots to Train Humans

– In the winter of 1994, I wrote a column with the title “Byte the Bullet: Tax Technology’s Returns” for a limited-distribution magazine called “Short Circuit” produced by Bill Livingston. The premise of the article was that a small tax should be applied to each personal computer sold. The…

The Threat of Artificial Intelligence

– In a recent column I argued that general columnists, such as David Brooks, don’t understand enough about certain technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), to assess their impact properly. As a result AI is considered by the general public to be much more benign than some technologists…

Artificial Ignorance

– On the Op-Ed page of The New York Times of October 3, 2014, David Brooks wrote a column titled “Our Machine Masters,” which discusses how “artificial intelligence” (AI) might be used for good or evil. His thoughts about AI were prompted by the Pandora feeding him suggestions as to what…