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Essay

Can AI judge our State of Happiness?

Posted by Peter Rudin on 15. June 2018 in Essay No Comments

Even though AI systems are no substitute for interactions with a real human, they could have the potential to improve our quality of life and enhance our emotional intelligence.

The ‘happimeter’ app is a new player on the block of personal analytic service providers. New is the combination of a smart watch with a smart phone and the focus on happiness with an algorithm that executes input data provided by the sensors of the smart watch combined with environmental information from the smart phone.

The ‘happimeter ‘and its analytical capability evokes the question if AI’s current development path is approaching a brick wall.

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Thoughts on Human Learning vs. Machine Learning

Posted by Peter Rudin on 1. June 2018 in Essay No Comments

Both human as well as machine learning generate knowledge, one residing in the brain the other residing in the machine. This fact raises the question how we apply what kind of knowledge and how we balance these knowledge resources for optimal results.

The application of so-called neural network software, mimicking functions of the human brain, coupled with the availability of low-cost powerful computational hardware resources, provides opportunities to solve problems which in the past have relied on human brain-power.

With machine learning a new tool has emerged which is likely to raise our capacity to learn if applied in an ethically responsible way. The consequences are far- reaching as continuous brain research will advance machine learning over the years to come.

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Is AI capable of producing Art?

Posted by Peter Rudin on 18. May 2018 in Essay No Comments

According to Wikipedia, art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.

In June 2016, Google launched the Magenta project, which directly addresses the question, “Can machines be creative?”

Researchers at Rutgers University’s Art and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory recently generated entirely new artworks, using a new computational system that plays the role of an artist, attempting to demonstrate creativity without any need for a human mind.

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Will AI Achieve Human Consciousness?

Posted by Peter Rudin on 4. May 2018 in Essay No Comments

The issue of artificial consciousness and the possible behavior of conscious, intelligent machines will fuel the ongoing debate about the future of humanity.

To achieve Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), consciousness has to be part of the equation. If we want to move AI towards AGI, we will need our computers to become more like our brains.

To crack the neural code of intelligence and consciousness, neuroscience research needs to uncover the functionality of a neurons behaviour coupled to its synaptic network.

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Conversational Avatar-Experts are about to arrive!

Posted by Peter Rudin on 20. April 2018 in Essay 2 Comments

Intelligent avatars as virtual copies of experts, conversationally sharing their knowledge, have enormous potential.

With a total value of around $250 billion in 2016, the global consulting sector is one of the largest markets within the professional services industry.

A machine-driven expert and his ability to appear in multiple copies via internet, will bring down the cost of professional advice to a fraction of what it is today.

The first movers of an avatar-based consulting company are likely to disrupt the entire global consulting sector.

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From Privacy Invasion to Identity Loss?

Posted by Peter Rudin on 6. April 2018 in Essay 1 Comment

Facebook’s data breach disaster is a good indicator of how much private data of internet users has become a commodity to manipulate human decision-making on a massive scale.

Using the internet leaves a digital footprint which can be analyzed. Information about one’s personality can be predicted from Facebook ‘Likes’ or Tweets.

Personality profiling will reach a level of perfection where humans might succumb to the manipulation of intelligent machines. However, persuasion and manipulation by these machines and their algorithms can be curbed by our own sense of identity and self-awareness.

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Has Machine-Learning Become Alchemy?

Posted by Peter Rudin on 23. March 2018 in Essay 1 Comment

With this provocative title, Google’s Ali Rahimi gave a critical assessment of the state-of-the-art in machine-learning at the 2017 Conference on Neural Information Processing (NIPS).

There are increasing signs from the machine-learning community that AI needs another wave of innovation. This wave should include contextual intelligence beyond the current statistical, algorithmic interpretation of data.

Common-sense is regarded as the holy grail of AI and it is the precondition to reach Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).

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Issues about the Rise of Emotionally Intelligent AI

Posted by Peter Rudin on 9. March 2018 in Essay 1 Comment

Emotions are a key asset of humans. They provide the link between the body and the brain. Consequently, sensing emotions with AI provides access to a person’s feelings and subsequently his mind.

Sensing technology and emotion recognition software is continuously improving. Besides its ability to track basic facial expressions for emotions such as sadness, happiness, anger, surprise, etc., emotion recognition software can also capture what experts call “micro-expressions” or subtle body language cues that may betray an individual’s feelings without his/her knowledge.

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Has Homo sapiens reached the End of Life?

Posted by Peter Rudin on 23. February 2018 in Essay 2 Comments

In his best-selling book ‘Homo Deus’, Professor Yuval Noah Harari makes the case that humans are close to facing an existential revolution.

As we are in the process of decoupling intelligence from consciousness, collecting data in digital form across all facets of life, the economic value of humans will diminish.

While science is advancing AI, the value of consciousness needs to be reassessed. It is an integral of Homo sapiens.

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Should Machine-Intelligence Be Taxed?

Posted by Peter Rudin on 9. February 2018 in Essay No Comments

The phenomenal growth of Facebook, Google and Amazon (FGAs) is based on a simple but very powerful business model:

Provide a service at no charge to get personal data and monetize this date for targeted advertising.

The current financial tax contribution of the FGAs to government institutions will not be enough to cover their fair share of the social costs caused by the disruptive impact of machine-intelligence.

To maintain our democratic values we need a redesign of our tax and social welfare system that takes into account the impact of machine-intelligence.

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