Investment in AI research is growing in Canada, but there’s little thought about ethics, privacy and governance issues.
Canada has a clear choice. Either it embraces the potential of being a leader in responsible AI, or it risks legitimating a race to the bottom where ethics, inequity and justice are absent.
The 2014 film Ex Machina explored a dystopian vision of what could happen in a world where humans empathise with robots.
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When we include someone (or something) in our moral circle we feel a sense of moral obligation for their treatment. But the factors determining who is in or out are more complicated than you may think.
Science fiction has a more important job to do – it allows us to see ourselves in a new light.
Performance of « Sorcieres: dance together with smartphones » at ENSCI les Ateliers.
Smartphones are new tools for body rehabilitation, sports training and motor development.
Humans and robots can work together to create jobs for the future.
Predicted job losses from the rise of the robots vary widely. So rather than worry about robots taking over, we should learn to work with them and use them as intelligent tools.
We should be worried about the development of social skills in a world where everyone can have their 'perfect' AI friend.
Apple's closed system may be its undoing in the smart home market.
By surrendering to technology are humans sleepwalking into a future where free will is less and less of an option?
With artificial intelligence weapons on both sides, are we in a new cold war?
As tensions between the US and Russia escalate, both sides are developing technological capabilities, including artificial intelligence that could be used in conflict.
Next generation finance bots are incredibly sophisticated.
People prefer human experts even when they're wrong.
Surgeons in Switzerland use the robot da Vinci to aid a hernia operation. Over a third of US hospitals have at least one surgical robot.
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There are more robots than ever in the operating room – but that's led to fewer opportunities for surgical trainees. Now, some new doctors are teaching themselves in secret.
A professor teaches an online class with students from around the world.
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Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, traditional universities.
Developing country governments need to give attention to the risks associated with new technologies and develop context-specific responses.
We give over control of our lives every day and trust other humans to make ethical decisions. But soon robots will make these decisions for us. Will they be ethical or is it just a numbers game?
In the Global Biodiversity Information Facility there are 682,447 records of human encounters with dandelions.
Does big data threaten how humans explore the natural world? We need to protect our impulses to observe, compare, play, discover and love, no matter what technological capabilities are available.
Can technology be tamed? Or have we already lost complete control?
Much like the fictitious Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's novel, more and more scientists are running away from their real-life creations.
What if Santa was eventually replaced by an AI robot?
What if Santa’s job is one of those taken over by an intelligent machine? Would a robot Santa begin to question its purpose and the existence of those it’s designed to serve at Christmas?
News stories generated by AI software may become commonplace in our media, but they are limited to data-driven content for now
Thanks to new deep-learning techniques, AI has the potential to analyse, improve and contribute to the process of human discussion.