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Government, An Integral Partner For Exploring Artificial Intelligence

On June 24, an upcoming conference will explore the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) in the public sectors. AI World Government will gather leaders across government, industry and academia to discuss the challenges and potential solutions of AI in automating our expanding digital world. The event is described as “a comprehensive three-day forum to educate and inform public sector agencies on the strategic and tactical benefits of deploying AI and cognitive technologies.” The topic of AI is… more

Evolution Or Extinction: Where Will The Gene Editing Revolution Take Us

Introduction The gene editing revolution is here. While human evolutionary changes over the years happened naturally, slowly, and on their own timeline, recent advances in science and technology are on their way to fundamentally disrupt the very evolutionary process that has made us who we are as a species. Today, gene modification tools like CRISPR-Cas9 allow genetic material to be inserted, deleted, modified, or replaced, giving humans the ability to change DNA with precision. Understandably, the… more

How Far Are We From Achieving Artificial General Intelligence?

These days, when you browse the internet for news on artificial intelligence, you’ll find out about new AI that just managed to do something humans do, yet far better. Present day AI can detect cancers better than human doctors, build better AI algorithms than human developers, and beat the world champions at games like chess and Go. Instances like these may lead us to believe that perhaps, there's not a lot that artificial intelligence cannot do better than us humans. The realization of AI’s superior and… more

A Scoville Heat Scale For Measuring Cybersecurity

The Scoville Scale is a measurement chart used to rate the heat of peppers or other spicy foods. It can also can have a useful application for measuring cybersecurity threats. Cyber-threats are also red hot as the human attack surface is projected to reach over 6 billion people by 2022. In addition, cyber-crime damage costs are estimated to reach $6 trillion annually by 2021. The cybersecurity firm RiskIQ states that every minute approximately 1,861 people fall victim to cyber-attacks, while some $1.14… more

While We Wait For Artificial Superintelligence, Let's Make the Most of Augmented Intelligence

The increasing buzz of artificial intelligence in news and science fiction generally creates an illusion that machines might imitate and surpass human intelligence. However, that is only a type of artificial intelligence called artificial superintelligence. Artificial superintelligence is something that can be seen in sci-fi movies like Interstellar, where TARS assists the astronauts in their space mission along with having human-like conversations. However, there are other sci-fi fantasies like the one in… more

We're Closer to Westworld Than You Think: The (Near) Future of Entertainment

First, let me be clear I don’t mean participating in immersive theme parks, fighting, and/or copulating with AIs is the next step in entertainment (or ever will be.) Instead, as coauthor of the new book, Own the A.I. Revolution: Unlock Your Artificial Intelligence Strategy to Disrupt Your Competition, written with Neil Sahota, subject matter expert on artificial intelligence for the United Nations, I wish to draw your attention to what I am calling Screenwriting 2.0, brought to you by advances in AI. To… more

The Top Ten Strategic Security Risks Facing Humanity

Introduction Emerging technologies: quantum physics, biotechnology, nanotechnology, gene editing, artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, 3D printing, and more are dual in nature. While they bring the promise of fundamentally transforming the contested commons of the human ecosystem, these same disruptive technologies can enable the development of asymmetric, next-generation weapons and warfare for which no one is yet prepared. As the dual-use nature of these emerging technologies begins to re-write… more

Why Quantum Computing's Time Is Now

Most technologists have some basic understanding of quantum computing. Quantum bits are represented by qubits, and information isn’t simply a zero or one, it can be both at the same time, representing much more information. A quantum effect known as entanglement linking two particles allows instantaneous communication.  Ultimately, quantum computing promises to be a disruptive technology with such dramatic speed improvements that real tractable solutions to hard problems could be solved in hours and days… more

Sometimes the Veneer of Intelligence is Not Enough

Original COGNITIVE WORLD publication date May, 2017 We all chafe against the brittleness of SIRI, Alexa, Google… every day.  They’re so incredibly useful and yet so incredibly… well, stupid, at the same time.  For instance: Me to Google: How tall was the President of the United States when Donald Trump was born? Google to me: 37 million hits, none of which (okay, I didn’t really read through all of them) tell me the answer.  Almost all of them tell me that the Donald was born on June 14, 1946. Me to… more

AI Knowledge Map: How To Classify AI Technologies

I have been in the space of artificial intelligence for a while and am aware that multiple classifications, distinctions, landscapes, and infographics exist to represent and track the different ways to think about AI. However, I am not a big fan of those categorization exercises, mainly because I tend to think that the effort of classifying dynamic data points into predetermined fixed boxes is often not worth the benefits of having such a “clear” framework (this is a generalization of course as sometimes… more