Good morning, cyborg friends!
Happy Mother’s Day! I’m keeping the review short and sweet this week as I whizz off to celebrate my own mother over a Sunday roast. I want to also briefly give a shout-out to all my fellow women for International Women’s Day, which we celebrated on Thursday this week. Keep smashing the shit out of that patriarchy, sisters!
I had a fantastic experience this week attending the annual Industrial Cadets awards at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London. My write-up hasn’t quite been published yet, and I will be sure to give you the link when it is. However, in the meantime, I want to offer you this quote from the speech given by Prince Charles at the ceremony, a pertinent comment on the need for overhaul in the education system to support efforts to bring more young people into STEAM careers:
“It is clear to me that the rapid pace of change in the way that our industries operate is bringing a host of new challenges and opportunities, not only in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, but also in the Creative Arts, a sector that contributes enormously to this nation’s GDP, but is in danger of being forgotten and left out of the school system. By providing new experiences and skills, we can play an important part in helping young people make informed choices about their future careers and to develop their talents effectively. At the same time, I pray that schools will become ever more aware of the vital need for vocational education, something that offers tremendous opportunities for so many young people, and has been lacking for far too long.”
The Most Socially-Shared AI Articles Of The Week
A call for human-centred AI, and an argument for the need for a richer foundation on which to develop artificially intelligent machines, looking to social sciences and psychology. Some interesting thoughts, though – to my mind – somewhat vague.
Kngine has been on the scene for a while now. TechCrunch reported, back in 2012, of how favourably its abilities compared to Siri. It must be continuing on a positive trajectory if Samsung is now showing an interest. Put this startup down as a ‘one to watch’.
Coders are heroes. The sheer amount of mind-boggling lines of code they are expected to trawl through day in, day out, would drive most people bananas. Just one tiny mistake means a needle in a haystack hunt for sometimes a single character out of place. Imagine a spellchecker for code. Well, that’s Commit Assistant, the new AI assistant developed by gaming giant, Ubisoft. Not only can it detect bugs and errors, but it can catch them before they’re even committed. Yves Jacquier, head of R&D at Ubisoft, claims that the AI could save programmers 20% of their time. Serious game-changing stuff right here.
Our data is really valuable. It makes tech companies rich, rich, rich. So, where’s our piece of the pie? The idea that we should be paid for all the data we hand over every day sounds like a fairytale, but the notion is gaining momentum. As AI begins its steady creep into the workplace, elbowing many of us from our jobs, we’re still feeding it the free data needed to train it. In a way, we’re signing our own P45 with every cat video we share. If tech companies are taxed for the data they gather, and that money is collected and redistributed in the form of universal basic income, perhaps that might soften the blow as we clear out our desk drawers.
Denial is not just a river in Egypt. Whilst nearly three-quarters of Americans believe that AI will “eliminate more jobs than it creates”, only a quarter are worried that automation will affect their own jobs. Seems that the more education people have, the more confident they are that they’ll be safe. These figures are from a recent survey by Gallup, but they echo similar results of previous studies. Looks like a bunch of people are in for one hell of a shock…
Again, my apologies for the brevity of this week’s review. My brother is getting married next weekend, so likely you can expect a short and sweet review next week, too. But after that, my friends, I’ll give you my usual top 10 best articles of the week, and all will be back to normal.
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Until next week…