Ethical Behaviors from AI Systems

The ethics associated with Artificial Intelligence (AI)has become a serious consideration within academia and the high technology industry. Ethics are “the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture.” Artificial Intelligence (AI) developments are in their formative stage and lack generally accepted rules of conduct, […]

Autonomous Artificially Intelligent Weapons?

Modern militaries are way beyond reliance on hand-loaded mortars and Howitzers. Those old-fashioned ways of lobbing explosive charges tend to reveal the location of the troops using them. Protecting our troops and civilians in or near the battlefield is best accomplished through a mix of conventional and high-tech tools. A U.S. Army spokesperson says “allowing […]

The Real Threats of Artificial Intelligence

Some consumers may be alarmed at the prospects of malicious Artificial Intelligence (AI), but some are unconcerned. In a verbal standoff, Elon Musk claims that humanity needs to fear AI while Steven Pinker (a highly respected academic) feels that perspective is unproductive fear mongering. Bill Gates and the late Stephen Hawking side with Musk, but […]

Artificial Intelligence, Price Setting, and Antitrust Behaviors

With specialized training, Artificial Intelligence (AI) machines can scour a marketplace looking at prices and devising ways that all sellers could obtain higher prices, especially if the competitors acted collusively. Of course, AI is unaware of the ethical violation that arises from collusion until it is trained to avoid such behaviors. The scope of training […]

Robots Will Help Reverse the Offshoring of US Jobs

Robots long ago graduated from the pages of sci-fi novels and comic books.  In nations that engage in serious manufacturing, robots have become crucial to prosperity and growth.  Industrial robots have become so common in factory settings that we no longer expect them to appear humanoid.  Around the clock, they perform the full panoply of […]

How AI Learns and Where AI Is Welcomed

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is of three types: Narrow AI, Machine Learning and Deep Learning.  The demand for experienced AI developers is brisk, with Microsoft, Facebook, Google, IBM and Intel aggressively recruiting. Already non-IT firms are looking for their own AI developers.  In recent years, much AI development has been focused on practical AI products for […]

Labor Productivity and Artificial Intelligence

Economic growth is needed to provide income for workers and to provide tax revenues that support our defense and safety net government programs.  Without Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth, it is difficult to justify higher wages and it becomes near impossible to fund government at the desired levels.  The advent of robotics and artificial intelligence […]

Wishlist Computing Items Under Development

Artificial Intelligence (AI) developments have attracted much attention in industrial and financial circles.  AI is being used commercially to “recognize spoken words, translate from one language to another, improve Internet search results” and to select financial investments (e.g. AIEQ, the AI Powered Equity ETF)  that would normally require human judgement.  Gradually, some workers will find […]

Continue Sharpening Your Skills

Once upon a time, good behavior and a high school diploma qualified us for a career-long job in an automobile manufacturing plant.  Good behavior still matters, but that high school diploma isn’t worth much, and it will likely be trumped by artificial intelligence or a tireless robot. Of its 33,000 employees in this quarter, Tesla […]

Will the Next Generation Have Artificially Intelligent Assistants?

Will the Next Generation Have Artificially Intelligent Assistants? Artificial intelligence (AI) describes projects involving purpose-driven computer hardware and software.  When aimed at economically valuable goals, AI projects have proven to be helpful, but they are expensive to develop and are not yet up to some tasks.  A big part of the challenge is overcoming shortcomings […]