You may have recently seen that an Uber self-driving car killed a pedestrian in a headline-grabbing event that re-awakened the humanity in all of us. This brings me to some common themes where ethical conundrums come back to the question of responsibility. Who is to blame if AI kills a human? Assuming that the AI is forced to make a decision between one life over another, how does it make that choice? You see, self-driving or autonomous cars are a bit like the Terminator. They utilise a programmatic paradigm called artificial intelligence (AI) and its cohort, machine learning. Hollywood loves to present AI to us as humanoid robots. The reality is that one of our first mainstream tastes of real AI are these occasionally life-threatening self-driving cars. Coding reactions in real-time systems Real-time systems take pride in being deterministic, which simply put means they always react the same way to the same stimulus in the same amount of time. They are wonderfully predictable and not … [Read more...] about Who Is In The Wrong If A Self-Driving Car Kills Someone?
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Times of great change breed contradictions, uncertainties, and perplexities. Indeed, the world seems to grow ever more paradoxical. Among the many paradoxes that baffle us two in particular have caught my attention. First, why do dictators seem to have fallen in love with democracy? In its latest annual report, the NGO Freedom House concluded: “Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets – including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law – came under attack around the world. Seventy-one countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties, with only 35 registering gains. This marked the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom. Over the period since the 12-year global slide began in 2006, 113 countries have seen a net decline, and only 62 have experienced a net improvement.” All opinion polls reveal that people’s doubts … [Read more...] about Two paradoxes
03/04/2018 By Le News Leave a Comment In 1989, war correspondent Edward Girardet came face to face with Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden threatened to kill him. This time around it’s money and principle rather than his life that are at stake. On 4 April 2018, he’ll be in a French court defending himself against a defamation charge brought by a French mayor, a situation he describes as stupefying and an attack against freedom of the press. Peter Hulm, who writes for Global Geneva, the Geneva-based magazine that Girardet founded, explains the background and larger context of the situation in the following article. Innovative journalism has been Edward Girardet’s watchword since the beginning of his career. Not that he ever promoted himself as a reporter producing original work that few others could emulate. Few people could have made a living out of telling New York taxi-drivers on radio about the seemingly arcane activities of the United Nations in Geneva, as Ed was doing … [Read more...] about How a Swiss-American journalist ended up in court for defending French cultural heritage