Author: Peter Rudin

The Cultural Shift provoked by Networked AI

Posted by Peter Rudin on 19. July 2019 in Essay No Comments

Culture is vital because it enables its members to function with one another without the need to negotiate meaning at every moment.

As our daily lives are more and more penetrated and influenced by networked AI, its consequences require reflection. This mindset is a must to take advantage of the ever-growing usability and capability of networked AI.

To successfully adapt to a cultural shift requires foremost two things: life-long education and the implementation of ethics that define and secure our values in a new age of human existence.

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Could empathic AI be the next stage in human evolution?

Posted by Peter Rudin on 12. July 2019 in News No Comments

Designing human-centric AI interactions, optimized to develop trusted relationships between AI and humans, presents the largest opportunity for human and societal advancement in the modern era.

The potential for human-centered AI design is to augment human empathy, improving the 95% of all decisions that are made subconsciously.

If we are to effectively partner with technology to enhance ourselves – rationally and emotionally – we must design interactions that promote and develop trust between AI and people.

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Artificial Intelligence to Accelerate Brain Research

Posted by Peter Rudin on 5. July 2019 in Essay No Comments

Artificial intelligence has been borrowing knowledge about the brain’s functionality since its early days, when computer scientists and psychologists developed algorithms called neural networks that loosely mimicked the brain. Those algorithms were frequently criticized for being biologically implausible.

Complementing the effort to model neural activity in the brain through biological experiments, one can train deep-learning networks to solve problems the brain needs to solve.

As a result, our knowledge about the biology of human brains and its AI data-scientific interpretation sets the stage for solving one of the last mysteries of human physiology.

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How the Internet is affecting the Human Brain

Posted by Peter Rudin on 28. June 2019 in News No Comments

What effect is the online world having on human brains? A new review by researchers from five universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia attempts to find the answer.

The theory goes that neuroplasticity ⁠— or the brain’s ability to structurally change over time ⁠— means that the experiences and lessons we gain from internet use could be having a significant impact.

Professor Jerome Sarris, deputy director of the NICM Health Research Institute, expresses more concern. “The bombardment of stimuli via the internet, and the resultant divided attention commonly experienced, presents a range of concerns,” he says.

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Human-Centered AI to accelerate Educational Innovation

Posted by Peter Rudin on 21. June 2019 in Essay 1 Comment

As science continuous to advance in high gear, the pace of knowledge-generation requires a revamp of our educational system.

Human-centered AI is crucial in supporting humans in lifelong learning. Both the content to be taught as well as the technological means to educate, will disrupt the current business model of our educational infrastructure whose foundation goes back to the middle ages.

The application of AI in education will improve the quality and retention rate and significantly lower the cost, a typical scenario for well-funded Start-ups and Spin-offs to incubate a new age in lifelong, personalized education.

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New Hearing Aids to Monitor Your Brain and Body

Posted by Peter Rudin on 14. June 2019 in News No Comments

Within five years, a new wave of smart hearing aids will be able to recognize stress, both current and anticipatory.

These intelligent devices will do this by collecting and combining several kinds of physiological data and then using deep-learning tools to tune the analysis to individuals, getting better and better at spotting and predicting rising stress levels.

The data they use will most likely include pulse rate, gathered using optical or electrical sensors, given that a rising heart rate and shifts in heart rate variability are basic indicators of stress.

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New OECD principles to foster Human-Centric AI

Posted by Peter Rudin on 7. June 2019 in Essay 1 Comment

On May 22, 2019, the OECD’s 36 member countries including the US, formally adopted the first set of intergovernmental policy guidelines on Artificial Intelligence (AI), agreeing to uphold international standards to ensure that AI systems are designed to be robust, safe, fair and trustworthy.

Degrading humanity towards manipulated, brain-hacked servants as the historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari is concerned about, strongly differs from the goals defined by the OECD principles.

Human-Centric AI enhances and empowers humans rather than replacing and controlling them. Hence the five OECD principles are fully aligned to the goals of Human-Centric AI.

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DARPA Funds Brain-Machine Interface Program

Posted by Peter Rudin on 31. May 2019 in News No Comments

DARPA’s Next-Generation Nonsurgical Neurotechnology (N3) program has awarded funding attempting to build brain-machine interfaces that match the performance of implanted electrodes but with no surgery whatsoever.

By simply popping on a helmet or headset, soldiers could conceivably command control centers without touching a keyboard and fly drones intuitively with a thought. While the tech sounds futuristic, DARPA wants to get it done in four years.

Though a DARPA spokesperson declined to comment on the amount of funding, two of the winning teams are reporting eye-popping grants of $19.48 million and $18 million.

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AI and Corporate Leadership in 2025

Posted by Peter Rudin on 24. May 2019 in Essay 1 Comment

By 2025 corporate knowledge-silos will no longer exist. Modelling corporate activities with a digital ‘sandbox’ enables rapid prototyping for testing new business models and business opportunities.

Adding AI common-sense reasoning to information that defines a corporation’s identity and values, gives corporate leaders the opportunity to reflect on future strategies or invoke decision-making with a much higher level of confidence.

Just as emotional intelligence became a leadership-asset about ten years ago, we now see a rising need for leaders to apply and support collective intelligence with an appreciation of interdisciplinary thinking.

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Neuroscience applied to test Customer Acceptance

Posted by Peter Rudin on 17. May 2019 in News No Comments

One big question is how businesses, willing to go ahead with new opportunities, can uncover greater insights into their initiatives and then use these insights to move forward confidently.

Applied neuroscience is best described as the use of neuroscience tools to measure and understand human behavior.

Using high-resolution EEG headsets and eye trackers, an IKEA team tested potential customers to understand their reactions to a new business model offering solar panels that would enable customers to generate their own renewable energy.

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