Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Consider This … Artificial Intelligence

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

Politics · Technology

Does Technology favor Tyranny?

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?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Machine Learning

New College at MIT Supports Application of AI to the Humanities and Sciences

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

Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Machine Learning

How Good Has AI Become at Translating?

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?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Ethics

Shaping the New Generation of AI Researchers to be Ethical Leaders

“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

History · Racial Violence

James Earl Jones reads Frederick Douglas: What does the 4th of July mean?

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?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Common Sense

Beyond Deep Learning: Why aren’t computers learning the way children do?

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?

Ethics · Racial Violence

Out of Touch with Jesus

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