I would like to thank Emily Brewer for recommending a program at the Friday Center coming up on December 4. The event is free and addresses an issue at the heart of our Spring 2018 class. The program is titled “Consider This … Artificial Intelligence”. Here are the details: Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4 | 6:30… Continue reading Consider This … Artificial Intelligence
I just finished reading an article by Yuval Noah Harari at TheAtlantic.com. It was adapted from his book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, and it raises fascinating questions about where we are headed as technology becomes more and more powerful. While some of what he has to say sounds alarmist, he also raises a number of… Continue reading Does Technology favor Tyranny?
Want to hear a little about a progressive Latino with the courage to take on Dianne Feinstein? Listen to Latino USA’s take on the struggle between her and Kevin de León, a California state senator in this past election cycle.
In what seems an almost inevitable step, MIT is opening a new school to prepare students to develop and consider the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) in a wide range of fields. In the next few decades we will likely see other universities making similar adjustments to the ever-accelerating pace of the digital innovation. AI has… Continue reading New College at MIT Supports Application of AI to the Humanities and Sciences
Recent hype on Machine Translation: The Verge – Google’s AI translation system is approaching human-level accuracy Quartz – AI-based translation to soon reach human levels ZDNet – Microsoft researchers match human levels in translating news from Chinese to English There’s been a lot of hype lately about the amazing improvements in machine translation enabled by… Continue reading How Good Has AI Become at Translating?
“Developing safe and beneficial technology requires more than technical expertise — it requires a well-rounded education and the ability to understand other perspectives” (Tucker Davey). In May of this year (2018), Tucker Davey interviewed Yan Zang, one of the founders of SPARC—the Summer Program in Applied Rationality and Cognition. The interview is published at the Future… Continue reading Shaping the New Generation of AI Researchers to be Ethical Leaders
On this 4th of July, as our government persecutes people fleeing from violence, it is worth remembering that this is not new. As long ago as 1852, Frederick Douglass called on the conscience of the nation to grapple with the hypocrisy of celebrating liberty while imposing injustice. In the video below James Earl Jones reads… Continue reading James Earl Jones reads Frederick Douglas: What does the 4th of July mean?
Earlier this week Art Sherman let me know about a New York Times article, “Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So“. In addition to discussing the limitations of Deep Learning that are becoming clearer as the approach fails to produce the kind of flexibility that is needed for many AI… Continue reading Beyond Deep Learning: Why aren’t computers learning the way children do?
What does one do when national policy runs against the obvious intent of the gospel? How should Christians respond when our faith is used to justify injustice? This comic from the Seattle Times captures poignantly the crisis of faith created when national leaders use scripture to justify secular policy decisions. Our Attorney General has publicly… Continue reading Out of Touch with Jesus
I spent a little time with Allen Davidson this evening. While significantly weakened by the cancer, Allen remains in good humor (though he might argue otherwise). True to his characteristic generosity, he presented me with a gift before I left, a Roman coin from the year the Visigoths sacked Rome. Being fascinated with history, Allen… Continue reading Visit with Allen