The Revolution of Artificial Intelligence: Silicon Valley at the Forefront of AI Research
- Artificial intelligence is rapidly advancing and has potential to revolutionize daily life
- Its applications range from medical diagnosis to autonomous cars
- It has the potential to change human lives, but it also raises questions about privacy, surveillance and job security
- Silicon Valley is a hub for AI research, where experiments such as Amazon Go and robot cafés are underway
- Stanford University is at forefront of AI research with an algorithm that can accurately diagnose diseases from X-rays
- AI can be modeled on the human brain, which learns by being “trained” with large datasets.
AI and Parkinsons Disease Detection: Aston University Leads the Way in Birmingham, England
- In Birmingham, England, a mathematician at Aston University developed an algorithm to detect differences in vocal patterns between people with and without Parkinson’s Disease
- This was able to correctly identify the disease nearly 99% of the time
- AI is also being used to analyze motion data gathered by sensors in smartphones
- If measured properly, this data could detect precursor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and enable early intervention
- China is heavily investing in AI technology, particularly in restaurants where they are testing what works and which aspects can be implemented in other restaurants of the chain
- There appears to be a trade-off between security provided by AI and privacy concerns.
The Contrasting Worlds of China and Silicon Valley: Surveillance and Political Influence in the Digital Age
- China has a rich history of high civilization, but also has surveillance cameras everywhere
- The Long Gan district in Shenzhen has a Smart City control center that collects data and evaluates it using artificial intelligence
- Surveillance system scans the entire city, offenders are identified and their social credit score drops
- Silicon Valley is the hub of innovation and freedom, yet companies like Google have immense power over our daily lives and political influence
- Google lobbies extensively in Brussels, despite being impervious to the public.
Exploring the Ethical Implications of Self-Driving Cars
- AI is increasingly powering innovation, especially in the field of self-driving cars
- The technology required to build an autonomous vehicle is complex, with computers able to localize and map well but lacking the ability to accurately predict people’s behavior
- Advertisers are taking advantage of AI while ethical questions arise surrounding the programming of these cars and their decision-making
- MIT’s Media Lab are exploring how a moral compass should guide these decisions in order to create safer roads
- The time scale for machines allows for faster reactions than humans and potentially better judgement.
Exploring the Ethical Implications of AI-Driven Driverless Cars
- AI and driverless cars have immense potential to benefit daily life, medicine, or mobility
- However, ethical questions remain about how choices should be made and prioritized
- Survey respondents from all over the world agree on saving more lives, saving children and those crossing legally
- Cultural differences influence moral judgement e.g. French favor sparing women and strong focus on children while German prefer inaction
- AI algorithms cannot answer what aim progress should serve – a question only humankind can answer.