ArchiTECHt Daily: Elon Musk's fascinating AI worldview

If you're interested in artificial intelligence at all, you've probably read these two stories alread
ArchiTECHt Daily: Elon Musk's fascinating AI worldview
By ARCHITECHT • Issue #47
If you’re interested in artificial intelligence at all, you’ve probably read these two stories already. If not, you should:
I try not to comment too much on the doomsday aspects of AI because, at the risk of coming down on the wrong side of history, I’m one of the people who think those fears are overblown. But I have a couple of points I want to make:
  • A prominent AI researcher once told me that a relatively dumb computer virus run amok is probably a more likely cause of widespread damage than is anything you might call “super-intelligent.” Surveying history, you can see that he has a point about how things tend to play out. 
  • Humans have always been full of bad ideas, and one of technology’s biggest impacts has been helping spread them faster and farther. One could argue that our salvation will come from scaling back the ways we use technology and getting more in touch with our humanity.
I believe AI will augment and improve many aspects of work and life, while also having some negative side effects we’ll need to combat (e.g., filter bubbles, over-reliance on machines, and discrimination). I hope Musk’s Neuralink succeeds in helping treat the symptoms of degenerative brain diseases, which has been suggested as the prototype. But I don’t think I’ll be signing up for the brain upgrade. 

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Around the web: Geopolitics meets AI
Supercomputing, quantum computing, AI. China is making big strides in all of them, which one could argue presents an entirely new set of geopolitical and economic implications for the world.
And then there is the Russian money. It will be very interesting to see how strategic governments view AI to national interests, and how much they try to clamp down on who AI companies can work with.
Thus all the investment in deep learning for this particular task—it’s a huge potential market both commercially and with regard to government contracts. Facebook should resell its models ;-)
This builds on the previous story, I believe. Hitachi is a serious player in the world of industrial systems, and its move into AI for video surveillance probably signifies major demand for better technology.
The previous posts about technology and governments culminate with this fascinating look into the bureaucracy and backward thinking in D.C., and, some would argue, entitlement in Silicon Valley.  •  Share
Around the web: Artificial intelligence
Facebook is such a conundrum. I hate the service but love the technology behind it. Hopefully the engineers learning AI there will take a broader worldview than social media when apply these skills in their next gigs.
Implicit in this headlines, which is the original, is the possibility that AI will not live up to those expectations. This is one of those areas where folks should seriously consider truth in marketing.
It’s a great way to do complex pattern recognition. Who didn’t see this coming?
I, for one, would consider solving traffic jams to be among the holy grails of any technology. The researchers deserve a Nobel prize if this is successful.
Around the web: All things data
Well, yes and no. “Data-driven” connotes practices and processes around measuring the right things, and doing it in a scalable (broadly defined) way. 
This speaks volumes about the challenges of becoming data-driven in a meaningful way. It’s often about organizational culture as much as it’s about technology.  •  Share
Just a friendly reminder that not all machine learning is AI. And it can still be very effective in the right hands.
Around the web: Cloud and infrastructure
Red Hat’s continued growth is remarkable in a world where we’re not supposed to care about the OS so much. How long until OpenShift and related efforts start contributing meaningfully to Red Hat revenue?
That is no doubt a bittersweet proposition for cloud providers. On the one hand: Money, money, money. On the other hand: Regulations, regulations, regulations.
This is an insightful talk by Adrian Cockroft on how computing is evolving. You can ignore the AWS aspects and view it more broadly, or embrace the AWS aspects because it’s still where most new stuff is built.
As Adrian was saying, functions will be a big deal. Here’s an open source project tacking them using Docker containers. I smell a potential trademark problem though …
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