On August 1, 2018, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence held a public hearing asking experts to testify on how foreign actors have used—and are using—social media to meddle in the American political process. The question of whether Russian entities interfered in American politics was not up for debate; that has already been firmly established. There was also no question about whether Russian influence operations are ongoing across social platforms: they are. Just 24 hours before the hearing, Facebook announced it had found numerous fake Pages masquerading as left-wing activists. Rather, the committee wanted researchers to state, on the record, facts that concretely establish what was learned about social media influence operations prior to, during, and following, the 2016 presidential election. They also wanted to know, how do we prevent this from happening again? Five experts testified, including me. Our findings were unanimous: these operations are ongoing and the … [Read more...] about The Information War Is On. Are We Ready For It?
Concrete problems in ai safety
However, Pichai adds that the company will continue to work with the military, and governments in other areas. While Pichai lays these out as "principles" as opposed to strict rules, the sections of the memo about weapons is titled "AI applications we will not pursue." AI at Google: our principles At its heart, AI is computer programming that learns and adapts. It can't solve every problem, but its potential to improve our lives is profound. At Google, we use AI to make products more useful—from email that's spam-free and easier to compose, to a digital assistant you can speak to naturally, to photos that pop the fun stuff out for you to enjoy. Beyond our products, we're using AI to help people tackle urgent problems. A pair of high school students are building AI-powered sensors to predict the risk of wildfires. Farmers are using it to monitor the health of their herds. Doctors are starting to use AI to help diagnose cancer and prevent blindness. These clear benefits are why … [Read more...] about Read Google’s AI ethics memo: “We are not developing AI for use in weapons”
From software development to construction to logistics and finance, every company has projects that need planning, managing and monitoring. But the tools we use to do that are often complex, designed for specialists and don’t do as much as they could to warn about potential problems. Could AI-powered decision support systems and automation make more of your projects successful by reducing costs and mistakes, analyzing risks, making things more efficient or keeping things on time and on budget?Here is an early look at how artificial intelligence, machine learning and predictive analytics could affect project outcomes in the years to come.Thinking about riskManaging a project well takes more than just making a great plan in advance and sticking to it. Interdependencies within your project and external changes make outcomes unpredictable. Estimates and many forecasts are at best intuition; at worst, guesses and handwaving. Modern management techniques such as agile and continuous … [Read more...] about How AI could revolutionize project management
Computers soon could deliver smarter healthcare to patients at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).That’s the goal of a new partnership between Partners HealthCare, the hospital’s parent organization, and GE Healthcare. The two Boston-based institutions in May announced a 10-year collaboration to develop and integrate artificial intelligence throughout Partners’ clinical operations.Partners hopes A.I. can improve patient outcomes and increase clinician productivity. The nonprofit healthcare system plans to first use A.I. to enhance diagnostic imaging, with intelligent systems being developed to detect, for example, even minute changes in tumors and then use data analysis to determine optimal treatments tailored to each case.This is the future of medicine, but it’s been a long time in the making. The medical community has been laying the groundwork for such advances for years, says Dr. Mark Michalski, executive director of the Center for Clinical Data Science, a … [Read more...] about A.I. starts to deliver in the enterprise, at last
Every year without fail, Google promotes the depth and breadth of its “machine learning” prowess at its various developer gatherings, most notably, Google I/O.Progress in this area of is proceeding in directions that are still being discovered. When you couple that reality with Hollywood portrayals from the benevolent, like Star Trek’s “computer,” to the mission-conflicted, like 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL9000, to the self-aware, humanity-destroying Skynet from Terminator, it raises genuine questions about how to address practical problems, and prevent accidents in the real-world AI systems.Chris Olah at Google Research contributed to a technical paper, Concrete Problems in AI Safety, in collaboration with Google, OpenAI, Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley, to define how to approach long-term research questions:Avoiding Negative Side Effects: How can we ensure that an AI system will not disturb its environment in negative … [Read more...] about Google announces 5 safety rules for its artificial intelligence development