Home Blog

George Soros: China is using tech advances to repress its people

The billionaire philanthropist George Soros has delivered a stinging attack on China with a warning that Xi Jinping’s regime is using breakthroughs in machine learning and artificial intelligence to repress its people. Soros used his annual dinner at the World Economic Forum to say Xi was the most dangerous opponent of open societies and to call on the west to...

Can a computer be creative? Chips with Everything podcast

In October 2018, the British auction house Christie’s became the first to sell a work of art created by an algorithm. The Portrait of Edmond Belamy was sold for $432,500 (£336,000), which was much higher than anyone had expected. This groundbreaking sale was controversial, not least in the AI art world itself. Jordan Erica Webber and Ian Sample look at what...

How do we define creativity? – Science Weekly podcast

In October 2018 the British auction house Christie’s became the first to sell a work of art created by an algorithm. The painting, Portrait of Edmond Belamy, was sold for $432,500, which was much more than anyone had been expecting. This groundbreaking sale created some controversy, not least in the AI art world itself. Jordan Erica Webber and Ian Sample look...

Don’t believe the hype: the media are unwittingly selling us an AI fantasy | John Naughton

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a term that is now widely used (and abused), loosely defined and mostly misunderstood. Much the same might be said of, say, quantum physics. But there is one important difference, for whereas quantum phenomena are not likely to have much of a direct impact on the lives of most people, one particular manifestation of AI...

Political change vital to democratise AI | Letter

Stephen Cave is right to highlight the ethical issues with artificial intelligence (To save us from a Kafkaesque future, we must democratise AI, 4 January) but we should be wary of focusing on “diversity and inclusion”. He argues that including the voices of more women or black people will ensure a more ethical (and efficient) future for AI. But...

Together we can thwart the big-tech data grab. Here’s how | John Harris

Our family got a Google Home Hub for Christmas. As comparative lifestyle Neanderthals, we have so far only used it as a glorified digital picture frame and music player, though this is clearly not what it was built for. Say “Hey, Google”, tell it what you want, and a whole universe of entertainment, advice and help can be supplied...

To save us from a Kafkaesque future, we must democratise AI | Stephen Cave

Picture a system that makes decisions with huge impacts on a person’s prospects – even decisions of life and death. Imagine that system is complex and opaque: it sorts people into winners and losers, but the criteria by which it does so are never made clear. Those being assessed do not know what data the system has gathered about...

The Guardian view on Spotify: I have a stream | Editorial

Spotify, now into its second decade, has seen criticism grow alongside usage. Each year, its campaign Wrapped rounds up statistics for each of the 191 million people who use the music streaming service – including lists of their most-played artists, their favourite genres and the number of minutes they spent listening. Within hours of the Wrapped launch last month,...

Could AI counselling be the future of therapy?

Name: Woebots. Age: 52 years. Appearance: Nonjudgmental. I’m glad to hear it. In a few words, tell me how you’re feeling today. Me? Oh, a bit low, I suppose. I understand that you are feeling “a bit low”. Tell me more about this. Well I’m always a bit sad at the beginning of January when Christmas is over and I have to get back...

I thought online fakes would cause an infopocalypse | Alex Hern

Remember when Barack Obama called President Trump a “total and complete dipshit”? No, me neither. But if you search for it, there’s a video on YouTube where he appears to be saying just that. I used to think that “deepfakes” would change the world. These clips, created using off-the-shelf AI systems, take advantage of new capabilities to near-perfectly edit...

Stay Connected

14,350FansLike
9,333SubscribersSubscribe

Latest Article

George Soros: China is using tech advances to repress its people

The billionaire philanthropist George Soros has delivered a stinging attack on China with a warning that Xi Jinping’s regime is using breakthroughs in machine...

Can a computer be creative? Chips with Everything podcast

In October 2018, the British auction house Christie’s became the first to sell a work of art created by an algorithm. The Portrait of Edmond...

How do we define creativity? – Science Weekly podcast

In October 2018 the British auction house Christie’s became the first to sell a work of art created by an algorithm. The painting, Portrait of...