Protect me from what AI wants? The binge-watching problem part 3

While it seems that algorithms at present mostly use our myopia to promote engagement, this may also give AI the potential to help us commit to long-term goals. It is a problem, however, that these goals sometimes disagree with the data-driven business models of platform providers. But perhaps AI companies are being penny wise and pound foolish? In the long run, we might demand technologies that don’t just indulge our whims but help us in our aspirations for the future.

AI and Moral Responsibility

We are entering a new chapter in the digitalisation of society, advancing from machines as decision support, to machines as “decision makers” (in one sense of the word). This is made possible by the many breakthroughs in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) in the last decade. There is reason to expect that AI will be used increasingly not only for private decisions, but also for decisions made by public authorities and institutions. The implementation of AI in public decision making has raised concerns in many quarters and led to much discussion among philosophers, legal scholars, and social scientists. Who is responsible when a machine commits a serious error?

AI winter is coming?

The history of artificial intelligence (AI) has been a history of boom and bust. Periods of hype, exaggerated expectations and plentiful funding have been followed by periods known as “AI Winters”…

Voice assistants become Choice assistants?

In Homer’s epic poem, as Ulysses heads home, Circe suggests that he plug his ears. Otherwise, the Sirens’ song would lure him to steer his ship towards rocks and shipwreck. Ulysses asks his crew to plug their ears and tie him to the ship’s mast. When he passes the Sirens, he asks his crew to release him, but they refuse and the ship sails on…