CONSIDERING THE DIRECTIONS OF SOME ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TRENDS

By Andrew Dolan 20 July 2021 A studied reflection on current trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the moment would suggest some insightful trends.  These trends are by no means representative of all of the technical developments in the field – but perhaps they do generate some issues, which require elucidation or at least comment.

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND PUBLIC POLICY: THE NEED FOR PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING

27 May 2021 – by Andrew Dolan The frenzy of hyperbolic claims about the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on our lives and society in general has abated somewhat.  It would be unfair to hint that we are entering another AI ‘winter’ but it would also be unfair to criticize those who suggest that there has been a slow down of sorts in AI’s inexorable march to the future.

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE BIO SECURITY STATE

9 April 2021 – by Andrew Dolan I had the opportunity this morning to listen to a healthy debate on the question of so-called ‘Covid Passports’.  At one end, you had a commentator urging the introduction of such a tool:  if the requirement to carry personal data concerning your current health status not only ensured access to public spaces but also helped society avoid damaging ‘lock-downs’, then this was a price worth paying, he argued.  At the other end of the spectrum, you…

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A COVID 19 hatása

2020. augusztus 28. – dr. Martony Ágnes Az elmúlt hónapokban sokszor merült fel a kérdés, hogy a Covid-19 járvány hatására milyen változások következnek be a társadalom életében. A bezártság maga, a szokásos rutin felborulása, illetve annak hiánya sokak számára is belátható következményekkel járhat: az emberek pótszerekhez nyúlhatnak.

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Mérlegen: a vírus terjedésének megállítására hozott intézkedések és ennek hatása

2020. május 2. – dr. Martony Ágnes Nagy-Britanniában először 2020. május 5-én fogják elkezdeni használni a korona vírus járvány megállítására kifejlesztett applikációt. A helyszín: Isle of Wight, viszonylag kisszámú lakossággal – az applikációnak a teljes brit lakosságra való kiterjesztése ennek a próbaüzemnek a sikerétől függ.

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THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC: SOME FEATURES OF AI SUPPORT

5 May 2020 – by Andrew Dolan The journal ‘WIRED’ ran a feature on 25 January this year entitled ‘An AI Epidemiologist Sent the First Warnings of the Wuhan Virus’.  The story recounted how a specialist ‘health monitoring platform’ in Canada used a particular AI supported system, named ‘BlueDot’, to provide early warning of the pandemic in early January 2020.

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Pódiumbeszélgetés a Nemzeti Közszolgálati Egyetemen

A Nemzeti Közszolgálati Egyetem Ludovika Széchenyi Termében Stumpf István korábbi alkotmánybíró vendége volt Richard Stearns, USA Szövetségi bíró. A beszélgetés témája a 2020-as amerikai elnökválasztás, az amerikai választási rendszerre vonatkozó szabályok kialakulása és a hamarosan sorra kerülő ‘impeachement’ volt.

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ARTIFICIAL AND ALIEN

Reading Stuart Russell’s new book, ‘Human Compatible’, which ventures into the depths of superhuman machine intelligence, I was reminded of an earlier work of science fiction, which addressed humanity’s interface with non-human intelligence. John Wyndham’s ‘The Kraken Wakes’, a typical 1950s science fiction thriller, the global community is facing up to a threat from the seas, itself brought about by some form of non-human intelligence.  Early on in this encounter, a key scientific ‘outlier’ suggests that a profitable way to engage…

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PHILOSOPHY AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

A recent article in ‘Wired’, entitled ‘Silicon Valley’s Secret Philosophers Should Share Their Work’, by Alexis Papazoglou, stirred my interest. I was as curious as the author to learn how so-called ‘tech giants’ embed philosophers and ethicists into their programmes – how they are recruited, their experience or skill sets and crucially, what they do and their outputs to date. Unfortunately, the author concluded that at least in his case, there was simply insufficient data to offer the degree of…

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SHAPING THE HUMAN

Many years ago, the political theorist Hannah Arendt, wrote a compelling account of the impact of modernity on the human race entitled ‘The Human Condition: A study of the Central Dilemmas Facing Modern Man.”  If nothing else, the book was prescient: it commented on the potentially negative impact of science and technology on both the individual and society and underlined the future problems associated with machine intelligence – then described as automation.  Indeed, Arendt dwelt on a central problem of a future…

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ETHICAL ENQUIRY GROUP

RESEARCH PROPOSAL The implication of the continuing evolution of artificial intelligence for society has yet to be fully appreciated in Hungary.  That does not imply that people are totally unfamiliar with the basic contours of machine intelligence but rather that how it might be used and what the potential consequences might be.   Indeed, there has been a significant increase in the calls for just such deeper understanding amongst many AI commentators, as they concede unease over issues such as gene editing,…

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Your doctor is already intelligent: how “Medical AI” is missing the real, solvable problem of intelligent data aggregation for better health care delivery

by Nathaniel Hupert, MD MPH People who are either very lucky or very unlucky don’t have a doctor.  If you do have one, chances are she or he is intelligent, at a minimum in the sense of being competent at carrying out an integrated, purpose-driven set of deliberative functions aimed at maintaining or restoring your health. (If not, get a new one.)   The question facing advocates of the “AI Revolution” in medicine is whether it makes sense to trade in all or…

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ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN 2019: SOME BASIC TREND ANALYSIS

Discerning trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) is never easy. Anyone familiar with predicting AI trends will know historically that there has been too many false dawns and especially in recent years, too much hype. What, therefore, might 2019 hold for us? Judging by the pattern of events over the past 12 months, I would submit that there will be one major trend and associated with it, a number of subsidiary directions. The major trend regarding AI development is the clear perception…

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STEPHEN HAWKINGS AND AI: A BRIEF PERSPECTIVE

Not long after his death last year, Stephen Hawking’s final literary contribution was published under the title ‘BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS’. In chapter 9, he returned to a subject that had much vexed him in his later years, namely ‘Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?’ Hawking was known to harbour deep reservations about some aspects of artificial intelligence (AI), although it is also fair to say that he greatly welcomed the potential benefits to humanity that he and many commentators…

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AI and Law Enforcement

 by Richard B. HOSKINS I have to confess that I feel somewhat unqualified to speak here today. Not so much due to lack of familiarity with the topic, but rather because I must admit to some degree of hypocrisy or bias. You see, there have been occasions in my career when the future in the form of new technologies announced itself, and I refused to answer the call hoping it would just leave me alone. At times, I sounded like my…

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