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Would Conscious Computers Have Rights?

The following is an excerpt from GigaOm publisher Byron Reese’s new book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity. You can purchase the book here.

The Fourth Age explores the implications of automation and AI on humanity, and has been described by Ethernet inventor and 3Com founder Bob Metcalfe as framing “the deepest questions of our time in clear language that invites the reader to make their own choices. Using 100,000 years of human history as his guide, he explores the issues around artificial general intelligence, robots, consciousness, automation, the end of work, abundance, and immortality.”

One of those deep questions of our time:

If a computer is sentient, then it can feel pain. If it is conscious, then it is self-awareness. Just as we have human rights and animal rights, as we explore building conscious computers, must … Read More »


Voices in AI – Episode 47: A Conversation with Ira Cohen

Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

In this episode, Byron and Ira discuss transfer learning and AI ethics.

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Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI, brought to you by GigaOm, and I’m Byron Reese. Today our guest is Ira Cohen, he is the cofounder and chief data scientist at Anodot, which has created an AI-based anomaly detection system. Before that he was chief data scientist over at HP. He has a BS in electrical engineering and computer engineering, as well as an MS and a PhD in the same disciplines from The University of Illinois. Welcome to the show, Ira.

Ira Cohen: Thank you very much for having me.

So I’d love to start with the simple question, what is artificial intelligence?

Well there is the definition of artificial intelligence … Read More »


Interview with Jay Iorio

Jay Iorio is a technology strategist for the IEEE Standards Association, specializing in the emerging technologies of virtual worlds and 3D interfaces. In addition to being a machinimatographer, Iorio manages IEEE Island in Second Life and has done extensive building and environment creation in Second Life and OpenSimulator.

What follows is an interview between Jay Iorio and Byron Reese, publisher of GigaOm, and author of the new book The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity. They discuss artificial intelligence and virtual and augmented reality.

Byron Reese: Synthetic reality, is that a term that you use internally and is that something we’re going to hear more about as a class or concept? Or is that just useful in your line of work?

Jay Iorio: That’s sort of a term that I use internally in my own mind, it doesn’t … Read More »


5 questions for Shawn Rogers of Tibco – from data to insight

Data, data everywhere, but not a drop to drink… I’ve known Shawn Rogers for several years, as an analyst and then as that rare breed of practical thought leader in the vendor community. Meanwhile, Tibco’s job has traditionally been about getting data from where it is situated, to where it is needed. I was keen to find out how providers are keeping up with the explosion of data we are seeing today, not only in terms of products but more importantly, approach.

 

What do you see as the most significant trends driving the market?

At Tibco, we see four drivers to how organizations and people are using information better:

New communities of users are emerging, who use insight in new ways
This drives new economic advantages – anybody can get value from information
Meanwhile, technology creates new data sources, creating opportunities – for example from … Read More »


Moore’s Law

The following is an excerpt from GigaOm publisher Byron Reese’s new book, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity. You can purchase the book here.

The Fourth Age explores the implications of automation and AI on humanity, and has been described by Ethernet inventor and 3Com founder Bob Metcalfe as framing “the deepest questions of our time in clear language that invites the reader to make their own choices. Using 100,000 years of human history as his guide, he explores the issues around artificial general intelligence, robots, consciousness, automation, the end of work, abundance, and immortality.”

In this excerpt from The Fourth Age, Byron Reese explores the concept Moore’s Law and how more space, more speed, and more processor power impacts advancements in technology.

The scientific method supercharged technological development so much that it revealed an innate but … Read More »


Voices in AI – Episode 46: A Conversation with Peter Cahill

Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

In this episode, Byron and Peter discuss AI use in consumer and retail businesses.

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Today’s leading minds talk AI with host Byron Reese

Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI, brought to you by GigaOm. I’m Byron Reese, and today, our guest is Peter Cahill. He is the CEO over at Voysis. He holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from the Dublin Institute of Technology and a PhD in the field of computer science text-to-speech from University College, Dublin. Welcome to the show, Peter.

Peter Cahill: Thanks. Looking forward to it.

Well, I always like to start with the question, what is artificial intelligence?

It’s a tough question. I think, as time passes, it’s getting increasingly more difficult to define it. I think some years ago, people would use ‘artificial intelligence’ and … Read More »