Good morning, my little cyborgs!
Welcome to this week’s edition of the AI Review.
I’m taking a weekend of peace and quiet, with my daughter away at her dad’s for a night before the fun of half term begins! I’ll be taking her to the Brighton Science Festival on Monday to do some coding and robotics, to London to visit the Dungeons on Tuesday, then it’s all playdates and sleepovers for the rest of the week. It’s going to be a lot of fun. Just need a little rest first!
And what better way to spend it than with a good read through the yummiest, juiciest AI news this week! Grab a cup of Sunday morning coffee, and let’s get to it…
Most Socially-Shared AI Articles This Week
Nice chunky paper in the Journal of Business Strategy about how AI could play a part in reputation management of the future. Could machine learning spot early warning signs of behaviour that could lead to a PR disaster? Could an algorithm be coming to monitor employee emails? Admittedly, it’s more of a thought experiment than something that’s been practically tested, it’s certainly food for thought.
Glasses which send data to an AI-enabled mobile device are being worn by Chinese law enforcement. The AI is equipped with facial recognition algorithms, able to search through a database of 10,000 suspects in 100 milliseconds and identify any wanted criminals lurking in large crowds. The tech has already been field tested, and is set to be used to monitor crowds during the Lunar New Year next week. Suspicious or a good idea?
In the Philippines, there are serious concerns about the level of English competency of senior university students. This is because of the huge shift towards artificial intelligence being a crucial part of outsourced service coming from the West into the Philippines. Without a good grasp of verbal and written English, it’s unlikely that the workforce of the future will be able to handle the demands of the workplace as it changes.
Recruitment is an industry that’s adopting a lot of AI and machine learning to bring efficiency to its services. But one twenty one year old graduate is feeling the brunt of the less personal touch. He had a whole bunch of video-based screening interviews and received another load of automated rejection letters. Clearly, with recruiting new employees being a costly and time-consuming business, it makes sense for employers to use technology to make it as efficient as possible. But is automation costing employers and employees alike, by failing to get to know the human behind the CV?
Modern warfare is changing, with the potential for horrifying Black Mirror-esque scenarios worrying a lot of people, from Prof. Stephen Hawking to the (ever-paranoid) Elon Musk, and many other scientists in between. So what do we think about a nuclear submarine with a brain? It’s certainly a milestone, but could the system be hacked? What if it goes rogue? What if we ALL DIE IN AN AI APOCALYPSE?
Pick of the Week
And that’s it for another week. Stay tuned for more next Sunday.
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Until next time…