Are you paying attention to Artificial Intelligence (AI)? Do you understand how it will become part of every aspect of our lives? And have you paid attention when it goes wrong?
The first time it got my attention was about two years ago, when Amazon announced it would halt the use of AI in its recruiting process, because the results were sexist. I found this a really interesting story, because the technology is only as good as the data that it uses, and in this case, the hiring history of Amazon was reflected in the results.
If everything you use is backward looking, how do you create change moving forward, right?
Then in the last week, the story of Dr. Timnit Gebru, a globally respected AI researcher, especially in the area of ethics, was fired by Google. I dug into this story a bit and recommend reading this article:
My biggest surprise was the emissions – mind blowing!!! A topic that is not nearly getting enough attention.
Someone else I follow, Sree Sreenivasan, shared some compelling articles on AI which talks about the very real challenges and social impact.
I know most people don’t spend a lot of time digging into the issues of our times, but when it comes to AI, I definitely recommend we all should. This will be a huge part of our lives and it’s not all good.
It really is time to ask the question – are we willing to live at the mercy of algorithms? We saw more about this in The Social Dilemma, but it’s a story bigger than social media. It is time to recognize that there are big questions to be answered, and it’s on all of us to stay aware, keep educating ourselves, and challenge what needs to be challenged!
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Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Climate Crisis / 6th Mass Extinction
Project Honey Bees – Adopt a Bee this is the best! We have adopted Historia, a Queen Bee from Loiza, Puerto Rico. A great gift this festive season.
Passing gas: why renewables are the future tks Willie Wahlin
The Number of Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells Is on The Verge of Exploding. What Happens Now? tks Susanna Hasenoehrl
Scot Squad: Sea-Class Drugs tks Jerome Boyd-Kirkup
Resource: Paris Reinforce
Emissions Gap Report 2020: An Inflection Point
It’s Time to Scare People About Covid tks Patrice Robinet
Medical Expert Says COVID-19 May Cause Erectile Dysfunction tks Gina Giachetti
The Hidden ‘Fourth Wave’ of the Pandemic tks Denise Chai
GOP congressman to Republicans: What is going on? tks Roshini Ganesan
Business and Technology
U.S. and States Say Facebook Illegally Crushed Competition tks Brian Sibley
NOCOOKIES tks Graham Harvey
Social issues (#BlackLivesMatter) and humanity
Podcast: ‘Something Terrible Has Happened’
Soup, soap and socks: Volunteers bring cheer to ill students tks Michelle Giamusso Regal
Why Freedom Became Free-Dumb in America tks David Lim
Passion, humour, history
Let me know if anything jumped out at you?
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