Artificial Intelligence

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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AI FORUM HUNGARY 2020 – THE PRESENTATIONS

1 & 2 December 2020 – ONLINE FORUM DAY 1:  1 DECEMBER 2020 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND PANDEMICS 15:00-15:15  Welcome and Introduction – Andrew Dolan, CSNSC UK 15:15-15:45  AI Ethics in 2020: Where are we now, and where next – Rune Nyrup, Cambridge University 15:45-16:15   The AI Contribution to Managing Covid-19:  Modeling  and Prediction – Dr. Nathaniel Huppert, Cornell University, USA 16:15-16:45  The AI Contribution to Managing Pandemics: Public Health from Ebola to Covid-19 – Dr. Neal Woolen, University of Nebraska, USA 16:45-18:00  Open Forum – Chair:  Andrew Dolan, CSNSC UK  DAY 2:  2 DECEMBER…

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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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AI FORUM HUNGARY – ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2O20

SUMMARY In December 2020, the AI Forum Hungary held its annual conference.  Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, the event was held online, although it is fair to say that it did not inhibit lively discussion and the sharing of new perspectives on a range of AI themes. As always, a key speaker provided a comprehensive overview of annual developments in AI and this year was no exception.  This year, a Danish AI specialist offered the participants an excellent precise in what might…

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AGENDA AI FORUM HUNGARY 2020

AGENDA ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FORUM HUNGARY 2020 1 & 2 December 2020 DAY 1:  1 DECEMBER 2020 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND PANDEMICS 15:00-15:15  Welcome and Introduction – Andrew Dolan, CSNSC UK 15:15-15:45  AI Ethics in 2020: Where are we now, and where next – Rune Nyrup, Cambridge University 15:45-16:15   The AI Contribution to Managing Covid-19:  Modeling  and Prediction – Dr. Nathaniel Huppert, Cornell University, USA 16:15-16:45  The AI Contribution to Managing Pandemics: Public Health from Ebola to Covid-19 – Dr. Neal Woolen, University of Nebraska, USA 16:45-18:00  Open Forum –…

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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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AI Forum Hungary 2019 -THE PRESENTATIONS

4th December 2019 Budapest WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION Andrew DOLAN – Welcome and introduction SESSION 1: THE IMPACT OF AI ON LEGAL SYSTEMS, STRUCTURES AND SERVICE dr. Miklós KLENANC PwC, Hungary: What will be the consequences of artificial intelligence for the legal profession – storm in a teacup?” – Slides/ Audio file to listen Hon. Richard STEARNS Boston (MA), USA : The Legal and Ethical Dilemmas Posed by Next Generation AI – Audio file to listen Q & A SESSION 2:…

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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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