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Consortium Presents – Emerging Standards for Ethics in AI – Fact or Fiction? AIWorld, Boston, Wednesday 12/5/18

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As AI has gained momentum and currency in the mainstream business conversation, awareness of the potential dark sides of machine activity has brought a new urgency to solving a host of potential ethical, legal, and regulatory challenges.

Clare Gillan Huang, Professor at Babson College’s Technology, Operations, and Information Management program will moderate a conversation with researchers and executives who confront these ethical challenges every day.

David Weinberger joins the conversation from Harvard’s Berkman Klein ...

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Consortium Presents – Leadership for AI: a Discussion at AIWorld Boston, Wednesday 12/5/18

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Have you ever wondered if the same old IT project management and executive leadership styles that have been in place for years will work for the oncoming generation of AI deployments?

You’ll find answers to this and other leadership questions at 2:00 pm at the Cognitive Computing track at AIWorld, Wednesday 12/5/18.

Moderated by Hadley Reynolds, Consortium Co-founder, the panel includes executives from a range of backgrounds. Leslie Owens is Executive Director of MIT ...

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Consortium Presents – Cognitive Computing Track at AIWorld, Boston, Wednesday 12/5/18

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On Wednesday 12/5/18, the Cognitive Computing Consortium is presenting a half-day track of presentations and panels devoted to issues of Cognitive Computing. The Consortium is a Premier Association Sponsor of AIWorld 2018. Consortium Co-founder Hadley Reynolds acts as track chair.

Beginning at 2:00 pm, the program features four sessions. The opening session focuses on issues of leadership in today’s cognitive computing projects. The second session takes up the future of work and the ...

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2016 – Roundups on AI/Cognitive Computing

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As the days finally start to get longer and the year comes to a close, the trade press, and even the broader media, have a hard time resisting the urge to sum up what’s gone on in the past twelve months, and sometimes to look ahead.

For AI and Cognitive Computing, 2016 proved to be a breakout year in a number of ways, and we offer here links to three different and interesting perspectives.

In Software Development Times, Christina Cardoza enumerates the ...

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Facebook Attempts to Minimize the Importance of Fake News & Filter Bubble Problems

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“The problem with Facebook’s influence on political discourse is not limited to the dissemination of fake news. It’s also about echo chambers. The company’s algorithm chooses which updates appear higher up in users’ newsfeeds and which are buried. Humans already tend to cluster among like-minded people and seek news that confirms their biases. Facebook’s research shows that the company’s algorithm encourages this by somewhat prioritizing updates that users find comforting.”

So writes Zeynep Tufekci, an associate professor at the University of North ...

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Pursuing AI Research in a Context of Human Ethics

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The New York Times is reporting an nascent effort on the part of leading commercial companies with AI research programs, including Alphabet, Facebook, Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon, to work together in self-regulating the interactions of social and ethical considerations with AI research.

The Times report is here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/02/technology/artificial-intelligence-ethics.html?ref=technology

The big 5 are discussing a collaboration to devise a framework to insure ethical research and development efforts, as artificial intelligence and cognitive computing systems increasingly enter into and in some cases direct decision ...

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Machines, Biology and the New Coding Era

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Veteran Boston-based radio host Christopher Lydon takes on the intersection of biotech and cognitive in a three-part series of shows on Radio Open Source. The first episode Apocalypse Now?: The Rise of the Machines, aired on August 4 and is available online at:

http://radioopensource.org/apocalypse-now-part-1-rise-machines/

The second episode, Apocalypse Now?: A Remade Man, dives into the biotech revolution and how new coding techniques are leading to a variety of breakthroughs in medicine and elsewhere. This show is available here:

http://radioopensource.org/apocalypse-now-remade-man/

The third episode ...

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Legal Issues: Can we depend on algorithms to make decisions?

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In the cognitive computing era, there are plenty of tough technical challenges. Their difficulty pales, however, when compared to the social and legal issues these new technologies raise. Increasingly, we rely on algorithms to help us sort through the complex factors that lead to making a decision. Often this reliance is not based on knowing whether the algorithm is dependable. Articles by Julia Angwin in the New York Times and ProPublica on Aug. 1st celebrate a decision by the Wisconsin ...

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Required reading: Only Humans May Apply

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I’ve been reading Only Humans May Apply, a new book by Tom Davenport and Julia Kirby.  This witty, well-researched and highly readable book makes a case for cognitive computing as augmentation for humans, rather than as a replacement for them through job automation.  Although it cites plenty of scary numbers about jobs that will be lost, that’s just a springboard for presenting five strategies for surviving the evolution to the cognitive computing era.  Each strategy forces you to consider what ...

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