Artificial Intelligence: Fear Not!

Will AI redefine morality and religion with algorithms? This question generates fear among some congregants’ religious leaders and theologians who believe AI eventually usurps centuries of philosophical and religious scholarship and worship experiences.  As man seeks to explain his existence. AI becomes another competitor for his search. René Descartes proposition  “I think therefore I am” began the Age of Reason characterized by mans’ pursuit of knowledge.  Now the Age of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) characterizes this pursuit with cognitive learning tools, which replicate human reason, strategy, problem solving and making judgments.  When AGI or “strong AI” is eventually achieved, many expect a Transhumanistic society, with machines encroaching upon…

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Google’s Kozyrkov and Alexa’s moxie both impress me – what’s your take?

Should you believe any technology today is artificially intelligent? There’s a battle shaping up over standardized interfaces for voice interface technologies. Who’s going to lead the defacto standard? Two stimulating developments: Cassie Kozyrkov, the head of Decision Intelligence at Google, wrote another brilliant blog post: Artificial Intelligence: Do stupid things faster with more energy! According to her, the scary part of AI isn’t the robots. It’s the people. I’ll explore some of her thinking and advice below. Amazon, along with thirty other vendors – including Harmon, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Sonos – announced the Voice Interoperability Initiative. They set a simple initial goal. Devices should support many “wake words”…

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How to hold off Amazon and other apex predators

Reading time: 2 minutes “Is AI needed to cure this existential business crisis?” explores several approaches to the relatively common existential fear many executives have of being obliterated by an Internet apex predator. The Wall Street Journal reported on 24 September 2019 that A ‘Grass Roots’ Campaign to Take Down Amazon Is Funded by Amazon’s Biggest Rivals. The article claims Walmart, Oracle and mall owner Simon Property Group are secret funders behind a nonprofit that has been highly critical of the e-commerce giant. The authors of the WSJ piece inadvertently checked off the first two of seven strategic alternatives I identified in an April 2019 post: three non-technology…

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Artificial Intelligence: Reimagine Worship and Worshippers

Rev. Billy Graham once stated, “when used correctly tech could do wonderful things” Observer Technology is reimagining habits for worship and for the worshipper. Vendors now offer mobile apps, social media and websites for the faithful. For example, traveling Catholics can access apps or the Internet to locate nearby services. www.masstimes.org Vendor’s offerings, such as, Subsplash (community engagement) and Tithe.ly (online giving) and Pushpay, enable secure automation for many administrative and management tasks. In doing so, Big Data is now part of doing business as a place of worship. Data is collected on attendees and members’ activities, especially, if a multi-site or mega place of worship. How will…

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Training wheels to protect you at the office: a vision for the future

Could a future application one day help people get along with one another at work? A story about a meeting from the future                      The time is 8:25 AM on a workday, years from now. We join the weekly global team video-conference underway at a successful consumer-products company. I’ll spare you the busy agenda, but point out some novel highlights from your meeting:

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Is AI ready to compete with the human workforce?

The social impact of Artificial Intelligence hinges on the potential it has for both competition and collaboration with the human world. If left to develop unchecked its impact can be far-reaching and deeply destabilising. Maybe we should look before we leap, and consider the consequences of letting these new, more powerful and more autonomous machines loose on our world?

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