Weird, yet worth another look and feel

“The most common form of despair is not being who you are.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

“Tous les hommes pensent que le bonheur se trouve au sommet de la montagne, alors qu’il réside dans la façon de la gravir. – Confucius

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) – Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_Life_of_Walter_Mitty_(2013_film)

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AI

Artificial Intelligence

What a surprise to find a comic strip on Artificial Intelligence written by somebody called Montaigne!: Marion Montaigne présente l’Intelligence artificielle: https://youtu.be/DtdoNksCtmE

Indeed, Montaigne discusses in the Essays whether the savages found mainly in Brazil are human beings or not and whether they should be considered humans, the way the barbarians in Ancient Greece have been finally recognised as such. As it is growing more and more difficult to recognise an artificial intelligence from a human being; I think reconsidering this classic is relevant as it challenges again human identity.

The Montaigne Chap XXX: Of Cannibals: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/3600/3600-h/3600-h.htm#link2HCH0030

Montaigne et la condition humaine – France Inter : https://www.franceinter.fr/emissions/un-ete-avec-montaigne/un-ete-avec-montaigne-06-juillet-2012

This was also discussed in the Dispute in Valladolid movie: http://www.lacontroversedevalladolid.fr/resume-detaille-de-la-controverse-de-valladolid
or by Descartes with his concepts of “cogito, ergo sum”, or “machina animata”.

Les robots méritent-ils d’avoir des droits ? Que se passerait-il s’ils devenaient conscients ?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHyUYg8X31c

The National Geopgraphic’s point of view: http://press.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/02/national-geographic-magazine-april-2017/

From the conquistadors until now the concept of humanity has evolved. On the other hand, what is common to humanity, at each step, from the cannibals till now; is some human beings’ will to build weapons to kill others.  Each time a new science has risen, some people have tried to find out how to use it to kill (physics, biology, chemistry and now AI).

“AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of [autonomous weapons] is – practically if not legally – feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.” – The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jul/27/musk-wozniak-hawking-ban-ai-autonomous-weapons

The Palais des Nations is a place where diplomats and United Nations experts meet to talk about war and peace. The room on the bottom part of the picture is one of the rooms where they are debating. They are currently discussing thoroughly about these new lethal weapons nicknamed Terminator and the future we want.

RedCross – Machines can’t follow the rules of war. Only humans can: https://twitter.com/ICRC/status/998187585724932096

UN Experts : Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems
https://www.unog.ch/80256EE600585943/(httpPages)/F027DAA4966EB9C7C12580CD0039D7B5?OpenDocument

Wikipedia – Lethal Autonomous Weapon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lethal_autonomous_weapon

Some scientists, businessmen, leaders and inventors have decided to write an Open Letter on AI in order to warn people about the limits and risks of the new technologies:

Future of life Institute: https://futureoflife.org/ai-open-letter
Wikipedia – Open Letter on AI:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Letter_on_Artificial_Intelligence

Writers have also thought about robots and artificial intelligence. Isaac Asimov is the master of the genre.

The International Labour Organization, a UN organization, is actually debating about the future of work we want. How do we want machines to change the way we work? For example, some imagine a world where machines would work for human beings in cooperatives enabling citizens to have a basic income.

ILO on future of work: http://www.ilo.org/global/topics/future-of-work/lang–en/index.htm

AI is constantly evolving, AI is booming now.

Ted Talks, How we teach computers to understand pictures | Fei Fei Li: https://youtu.be/40riCqvRoMs

MIT AI index : http://aiindex.org

How are we going to manage this boom?

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SanFrancisco says it will use AI to reduce bias when charging people with crimes:
https://www.theverge.com/2019/6/12/18663093/ai-sf-district-attorney-police-bias-race-charge-crime?utm_campaign=theverge&utm_content=entry&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Configure your computer to use Domain Name Servers that filter inappropriate websites: https://support.opendns.com/hc/en-us/articles/228007127-FamilyShield-Computer-Configuration-Instructions

Enable Youtube restricted mode and Google safe search: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/174084?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=enhttps://support.google.com/websearch/answer/510?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en

Use an ad and tracking blocker: https://adblockplus.org/

Remove Youtube comments, suggestions and other annoyance: https://youtube.adblockplus.me


But may be, adults need protection too…

http://uk.businessinsider.com/facebook-raises-duplicate-fake-account-estimates-q3-earnings-2017-11?r=US&IR=T

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/11/23/facebook-tell-users-much-russian-fake-news-have-exposed

http://www.wired.co.uk/article/brexit-russia-influence-twitter-bots-internet-research-agency

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/nov/15/falling-for-the-joke-the-risk-of-using-twitter-as-a-news-source

How is this possible?: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/beware-of-the-bots-how-theyre-created-and-why-they-matter

How to use Apple’s new Screen Time and App Limits features in iOS 12 – The Verge: https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/17/17870126/ios-12-screen-time-app-limits-downtime-features-how-to-use

Nintendo Switch parental controls: https://youtu.be/7BRjdHI7yEM

Use utilities like YouTube kids and Google kids.