• AI, autonomous cars and moral dilemmas Crunch Network

    AI, autonomous cars and moral dilemmas

    You’re a train conductor speeding along when you suddenly see five people tied up on the tracks in front of you. You don’t have enough time to stop, but you do have enough time to switch to an alternate track. That’s when you see there’s one person tied up on the alternate track. Do you pull the lever to make the switch, or stay the course? Read More

  • Play this killer self-driving car ethics game

    Play this killer self-driving car ethics game

    Should a self-driving car full of old folks crash to avoid puppies in the cross-walk? Is it OK to run over two criminals if you save one doctor? Whose lives are worth more, seven-year-olds or senior citizens? In, This new game called the “Moral Machine” from MIT’s researchers, a car’s breaks fail and you have to choose whether it crashes into a barrier, killing the… Read More

  • Is Facebook having a crisis of confidence over all the bad news its algorithms are making?

    Is Facebook having a crisis of confidence over all the bad news its algorithms are making?

    Is Facebook having — A) An existential crisis
    B) An attack of conscience
    C) A mid-life crisis
    D) None of the above? Read More

  • Hacking for investor profit Crunch Network

    Hacking for investor profit

    Just over four years ago, I sat through what still is the most viscerally disturbing information security talk I’ve ever seen. The late Barnaby Jack, a brilliant security researcher, had just demonstrated in front of 300 people how he could wirelessly take control of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator and cause it to discharge enough electricity to jump a 12 mm spark gap. Read More

  • Self-Driving Cars And The Kobayashi Maru Crunch Network

    Self-Driving Cars And The Kobayashi Maru

    In 1966, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek would boldly go where no man had gone before, telling the tale of Captain Kirk and his crew as they explored the galaxy while taking on myriad sci-fi adventures. In the opening scene of the franchise’s 1982 motion picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the U.S.S. Enterprise responds to a distress call from another ship, the Kobayashi Maru. Read More

  • Don’t Dread Data Ethics And Governance Crunch Network

    Don’t Dread Data Ethics And Governance

    Data ethics is a subject our industry has largely ignored, avoided and failed to acknowledge as important. This neglect is almost certainly caused by fear — fear that examining the question would expose us as doing wrong; fear that ethics might stifle innovation; fear that the ethical questions are insoluble and intractable. Read More

  • The Myth Of Autonomous Vehicles’ New Craze: Ethical Algorithms Crunch Network

    The Myth Of Autonomous Vehicles’ New Craze: Ethical Algorithms

    The shear magnitude of the inevitable transition from human-driven vehicles to autonomous vehicles (AV) requires the careful consideration of a vast array of potential issues. Chief among them are cybersecurity, job loss and an appropriate regulatory schema to handle the fast-moving technology. However, not crucial to this comprehensive review of an AV world is a recent craze known as… Read More

  • Elon Musk Donates $10M To Make Sure AI Doesn’t Go The Way Of Skynet

    Elon Musk Donates $10M To Make Sure AI Doesn’t Go The Way Of Skynet

    Tesla and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk has gone on record before proclaiming the potential risks of artificial intelligence, and now he’s putting his money where his mouth is. The intrepid inventor and entrepreneur announced a donation of $10 million to help fund research to “keep AI beneficial” to humanity today. The funds go to the Future of Life Institute (FLI), an… Read More

  • What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Games Crunch Network

    What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Games

    A lot of recent moves in the gaming space to ban, investigate or curtail certain aspects of its output can seem egregious. However seen in the light of how shady game makers tend to behave, and the need to keep their sleazy tactics at bay, such moves are often understandable. Still, there are costs to games as a medium that this sort of thing keeps happening. Read More

  • Integrating Ethics Into The Core Of Your Startups: Why And How

    Integrating Ethics Into The Core Of Your Startups: Why And How

    When I came to the U.S. in 1980, I was young and naïve. I used to think that corruption and ethical lapses were just a third-world ill. Eventually, I became a tech CEO and learned the harsh realities of American business. Yes, standards are much higher, and breaches are punished, but the temptations are just the same here as they are in any other country. Ethical lapses (which are a form… Read More

  • This is Not a Sponsored Post: Paid Conversations, Credibility & The FTC

    In the eyes of imaginative and opportunistic advertisers and marketers, bloggers and online influencers are the new celebrities and athletes. Brands are showering them with endorsement deals rich with products, cash, trips, exclusive access to information, and VIP treatment each and every day, creating a new genre of star spokespersons. Many expert and lifestyle “citizen” bloggers… Read More

  • Scientist warns: we must establish a Robot Code

    It’s true, of course, and not just from a Sci-Fi point of view. With robots doing everything from vacuuming our floors to storing our data to performing surgery, there is a growing need for an international body to establish standards. If, as British robotics professor Noel Sharkey says, “decisions about [robots’] application will be left to the military, industry and… Read More

  • Software makes an ugly face beautiful

    Israeli scientists have developed software that turns your ugly mug into a mathematically beautiful visage. Yes, we have evolved a great deal, us humans. What the software (a Photoshop plugin) does is alters a face to make it “look” more attractive, based on mathematics and “perceived” attractiveness. If you’ve watched any of those TLC or Discovery Channel… Read More

  • Human embryos successfully cloned from skin cells, cloned babies next?

    Stem cell research, whether you agree with it or not, looks to have taken another step forward recently. A company called Stemagen out of La Jolla, California has “created the first mature cloned human embryos from single skin cells taken from adults, a significant advance toward the goal of growing personalized stem cells for patients suffering from various diseases,” reports… Read More

  • Reviewer fired/quits over Kane & Lynch review

    It seems Jeff Gerstmann, formerly of Gamespot, had a falling out with management over a review of Kane & Lynch and either was fired or left of his own accord. The game’s maker, Eidos, was upset by his unfair assessment of this holiday blockbuster featuring Dean Kane and Willie Lynch, two gun-toting country western singers who are out to fight the mob in downtown Toronto. The game is… Read More

  • Negative Apple Article, Ad Pressure Leads to PC World Editor Resignation: Commoner Than We Think?

    This is more meta than we’re used to ’round here, but PC World‘s editor, Harry McCracken, just quit the magazine because he planned to write an article called “Ten Things We Hate About Apple.” But we all know that’s it’s actually been made illegal in the past few years to write anything critical about Apple. One of the publisher’s higher-ups… Read More