First compute no harm

Is it acceptable for algorithms today, or an AGI in a decade’s time, to suggest withdrawal of aggressive care and so hasten death? Or alternatively, should it recommend persistence with futile care? The notion of “doing no harm” is stretched further when an AI must choose between patient and societal benefit. We thus need to […]

MIT researchers show how to detect and address AI bias without loss in accuracy

The key…is often to get more data from underrepresented groups. For example…an AI model was twice as likely to label women as low-income and men as high-income. By increasing the representation of women in the dataset by a factor of 10, the number of inaccurate results was reduced by 40 percent. Source: MIT researchers show […]

The AI Threat to Democracy

With the advent of strong reinforcement learning…, goal-oriented strategic AI is now very much a reality. The difference is one of categories, not increments. While a supervised learning system relies upon the metrics fed to it by humans to come up with meaningful predictions and lacks all capacity for goal-oriented strategic thinking, reinforcement learning systems […]

When AI Misjudgment Is Not an Accident

The conversation about unconscious bias in artificial intelligence often focuses on algorithms that unintentionally cause disproportionate harm to entire swaths of society…But the problem could run much deeper than that. Society should be on guard for another twist: the possibility that nefarious actors could seek to attack artificial intelligence systems by deliberately introducing bias into […]

The fate of medicine in the time of AI

Source: Coiera, E. (2018). The fate of medicine in the time of AI. The challenges of real-world implementation alone mean that we probably will see little change to clinical practice from AI in the next 5 years. We should certainly see changes in 10 years, and there is a real prospect of massive change in […]

Rodney Brooks | Robotics & AI – Their Present & Future

Rodney Brooks was one of the leading developers of AI coding tools throughout the 80s and early 90s at MIT, where he spent a decade running one of the two largest and most prominent AI centres in the world. There are few who can match the breadth, depth, and duration of Rodney’s purview on the […]

adapting to constant change

The human work of tomorrow will not be based on competencies best-suited for machines, because creative work that is continuously changing cannot be replicated by machines or code. While machine learning may be powerful, connected human learning is novel, innovative, and inspired. Source: Jarche, H. (2018). adapting to constant change. A good post on why […]

DeepMind’s latest AI breakthrough is its most significant yet

“We reached a superior level of performance after training for just 72 hours with AlphaGo Zero,” he says. Only 4.9 million simulated games were needed to train Zero, compared to the original AlphaGo’s 30 million. After the three days of learning Zero was able to defeat the Lee Sedol-conquering version 100-0. After it had been […]

Facebook and NYU Using AI to Speed Up MRIs

The Facebook/NYU partnership is working to minimize the amount of data that is captured, instead relying on computers to reconstruct the image from imperfect inputs. If this is successful, we may see a 10x reduction in scan times, which would lead to lower costs for MRIs and a much greater utilization of these machines Source: […]

How to ensure safety for medical artificial intelligence

When we think of AI, we are naturally drawn to its power to transform diagnosis and treatment planning and weigh up its potential by comparing AI capabilities to those of humans. We have yet, however, to look at AI seriously through the lens of patient safety. What new risks do these technologies bring to patients, […]

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