A blog about the social impact of AI
6 December 2019
Emma Engström
Pontus Strimling

In Search of a PhD Student and a Postdoctoral Researcher to Help Us Predict the Spread of AI in Society

We were very glad to find that our research proposal: "Predicting the diffusion of AI-applications" was one of 16 projects awarded funding by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation. The project starts in 2020. We are now looking for a…

3 December 2019
Emma Engström
Pontus Strimling

Diffusion by Infusion - Has AI Spread by Piggybacking on Mobile Apps?

Figure 1. Piggyback transportation: a train carried by a ferry between Bonn and Oberkassel (1870 - 1914). Source: Stadtarchiv und Stadthistorische Bibliothek, Bonn. Social and ethical impacts of any technology presuppose its diffusion. That is why we need to understand…

11 October 2019
Emma Engström

The Binge-Watching Problem

It is a quarter to midnight on a Tuesday and you are asking your virtual voice assistant to stream the next episode. Seems an easy task for an AI. The catch is that last week you asked that your voice…

24 September 2019
Irina Vartanova
Karim Jebari
Pontus Strimling

Was AlphaGo Asia’s “Sputnik Moment”?

Over the next decade, many governments will face a series of choices with regards to the deployment and regulation of machine learning technology. These choices are likely to be influenced by public opinion and interest in this technology. The extent…

23 September 2019
Emma Engström

Sage Against the Machine - Conditions for AI vs. Human Expertise

Comparing Daniel Kahneman's conditions for human expertise with the conditions required to develop deep reinforcement learning algorithms