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The Future Of Sales: What If The Best Salesperson Is A Robot?


In a recent episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver tackled growing fears surrounding job displacement due to automation. “What do you want to do when you grow up?” he asked a bevy of adorable four and five-year-olds who supplied the typical answers: pilot, lawyer, doctor — and of course, mermaid doctor. Pouring water on these little kids’ dreams — and those of adults alike, Oliver cited an alarming University of Oxford study predicting up to 50 percent of human jobs are at risk of being usurped by… more

Rise of the Smart Contract


The lowly contract, a staple of business transactions everywhere, is about to get a major facelift. The typical role of a contract to date has been largely testimonial: an agreement is made between two parties (identified in painstaking detail) on page one, with stipulations about what is to be delivered at what cost, and the penalties that accrue if one or the other party fails to live up to their part of the agreement. Once the appropriate John Hancocks are signed, a process that usually involves… more

Hacking Our Identity: The Emerging Threats from Biometric Technology


Introduction Humans cannot exist without systems of meaning and having an identity. Over the years, human identity has been represented by a complex set of many external variables: family, community, ethnicity, nationality, religion, philosophy, science, occupation and so on. We are now moving towards internal variables of a human body: biometric indicators for human identity authentication. As seen across nations, biometrics technology driven human identity authentication applications are taking off.… more

AI And The Need For Increased Female Gender Participation In Its Development


There is a critical need for female gender participation in overall artificial intelligence creation and development. This article is Part 2 of a 2 part series. Here is Part 1. Considering all the exciting information and news about the relevance and imminent take-over of artificial intelligence, it is important to also consider a germane factor that will influence operations of the technology, overall. The insignificant level of female participation in AI development continues to be an issue of concern.… more

The Achilles' Heel Of AI


Garbage in is garbage out. There’s no saying truer in computer science, and especially is the case with artificial intelligence. machine-learning algorithms are very dependent on accurate, clean, and well-labeled training data to learn from so that they can produce accurate results. If you train your machine-learning models with garbage, it's no surprise you'll get garbage results. It's for this reason that the vast majority of the time spent during AI projects is during the data collection, cleaning,… more

Algocracy ~ Grace Jones / Slave to the Algorithm


Image credit: Depositphotos enhanced by CogWorld Powerful new technologies can produce great benefits, but they can often produce great harm. Artificial intelligence is no exception. People have numerous concerns about AI, including privacy, transparency, security, bias, inequality, isolation, oligopoly, and killer robots. One which perhaps gets less attention than it deserves is algocracy.  Decisions about the allocation of resources are being made all the time in societies, on scales both large and… more

Does AI Ethics Have A Bad Name?


Amid all the talk of robots and artificial intelligence stealing our jobs, there is one industry that is benefiting mightily from the dramatic improvements in AI: the AI ethics industry. Members of the AI ethics community are very active on Twitter and the blogosphere, and they congregate in real life at conferences in places like Dubai and Puerto Rico. Their task is important: they want to make the world a better place, and there is a pretty good chance that they will succeed, at least in part. But have… more

The Evolution Of Smart Cities


Smart cities using data captured by the Internet of Things (IoT) devices and processed with artificial intelligence (AI) are all the rage today among cities. Promoters tout the benefits these data-driven utopias, but as an urban planner, I tend to be skeptical of marketing hype. In the past, urban innovations painted visions that masked their real intentions and results. Urban renewal was sold as “garden cities,” but became black removal. Redevelopment during the 1980s eliminated small businesses and poor… more

AI Economy Will Further Accelerate The Pace Of Innovation


TWEET THIS If your company is not investing heavily in data-driven intelligence, then it will not last the next decade. Here where technology has made it possible for us to see how the right drugs, programmed drugs or cells could save humanity's worst curse.   Technological Innovation - why is it speeding up? I've been writing on Linkedin occasionally and thought of summarizing some massively trending posts that might help explain my motivation for posting these mini-videos. Trending Video #1… more

How Will AI Help Me?


We hear a lot about how AI is progressing well these days and how it will help companies with all kinds of efforts from assisting customer-pleasing experiences to implementing massive automation efforts. Well, it looks like AI will make it this time and there is a low probability that there will be another AI winter coming. So now we all have to deal with living with AI. I have been contemplating working with AI in my life, so I question how will AI help me and how do I work with it? Will it be like other… more