Corporate Oligarchy Is Holding Back Social Advance
We, as a People, have become more narrowly focused on two major political parties.
Today, the two parties are being cultivated and more financially dependent upon large corporations and power manipulators, whose goals are profit and gain.
Corporatocracy infringes on the independence of the People.
We and our children can take part in the exciting rebirth not merely of obsolete thinking but the World Itself. Create it by our individual actions
Act Non Partisan – Its Time..
10/21/2017. Huffington Post
The French MP and Fields medal award winner, Cédric Villani, officially auditioned Constance Bommelaer de Leusse, the Internet Society’s Senior Director, Global Internet Policy, on national strategies for the future of artificial intelligence (AI). In addition, the Internet Society was asked to send written comments, which are reprinted here.
AI is not new, nor is it magic. It’s about algorithms
“Intelligent” technology is already everywhere – such as spam filters or systems used by banks to monitor unusual activity and detect fraud – and it has been for some time. What is new and creating a lot of interest from governments stems from recent successes in a subfield of AI known as “machine learning,” which has spurred the rapid deployment of AI into new fields and applications. It is the result of a potent mix of data availability, increased computer power and algorithmic innovation that, if well harnessed, could double economic growth rates by 2035.
So, governments’ reflection on what good policies should look like in this field is both relevant and timely. It’s also healthy for policymakers to organise a multistakeholder dialogue and empower their citizens to think critically about the future of AI and its impact on their professional and personal lives. In this regard, we welcome the French consultation.
I had a chance to explain the principles the Internet Society believes should be at the heart of AI norms, whether driven by industry or governments:
- Ethical considerations in deployment and design: AI system designers and builders need to apply a user-centric approach to the technology. They need to consider their collective responsibility in building AI systems that will not pose security risks to the Internet and its users.
- Ensure interpretability of AI systems: Decisions made by an AI agent should be possible to understand, especially if they have implications for public safety or result in discriminatory practices.
- Empower users: The public’s ability to understand AI-enabled services, and how they work, is key to ensuring trust in the technology.
- Responsible deployment: The capacity of an AI agent to act autonomously, and to adapt its behaviour over time without human direction, calls for significant safety checks before deployment and ongoing monitoring.
- Ensure accountability: Legal certainty and accountability has to be ensured when human agency is replaced by the decisions of AI agents.
- Consider social and economic impacts: Stakeholders should shape an environment where AI provides socioeconomic opportunities for all.
- Open Governance: The ability of various stakeholders, whether in civil society, government, private sector, academia or the technical community to inform and participate in the governance of AI is crucial for its safe deployment
Think holistically, because AI is everywhere
Current dialogues around AI usually focus on applications and services that are visible and interacting with our physical world, such as robots, self-driving cars and voice assistants. However, as our work on the Future of the Internet describes, the algorithms that structure our online experience are everywhere. The future of AI is not just about robots, but also about the algorithms that provide guidance to arrange the overwhelming amount of information from the digital world – algorithms that are intrinsic to the services we use in our everyday lives and a critical driver for the benefits that the Internet can offer.
The same algorithms are also part of systems that collect and structure information that impact how we perceive reality and make decisions in a much subtler and surprising way. They influence what we consume, what we read, our privacy, and how we behave or even vote. In effect, they place AI everywhere.
Look at AI through the Internet access lens
Another flaw in today’s AI conversation is that much of it is solely about security implications and how they could affect users’ trust in the Internet. As shown in our Future’s report, AI will also influence how you access the Internet in the very near future.
The growing size and importance of “AI-based” services, such as voice-controlled smart assistants for your home, means they are likely to become a main entry point to many of our online experiences. This could impact or exacerbate current challenges we see – including on mobile platforms – in terms of local content and access to platform-specific ecosystems for new applications and services.
Furthermore, major platforms are rapidly organising, leveraging AI through IoT to penetrate traditional industries. There isn’t a single aspect of our lives that will not be embedded in these platforms, from home automation and car infotainment to health care and heavy industries.
In the future, these AI platforms may become monopolistic walled gardens if we don’t think today about conditions to maintain competition and reasonable access to data.
Create an open and smart AI environment
To be successful and human centric, AI also needs to be inclusive. This means creating inclusive ecosystems, leveraging interdependencies between universities that can fuel business with innovation, and enabling governments to give access to qualitative and non-sensitive public data. Germany sets a good example: Its well-established multistakeholder AI ecosystem includes the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), a multistakeholder partnership that is considered a blueprint for top-level research. Industry and Civil Sociey sit on the board of the DFKI to ensure research is application and business oriented.
Inclusiveness also means access to funding. There are many ways for governments to be useful, such as funding areas of research that are important to long term innovation.
Finally, creating a smart AI environment is about good, open and inclusive governance. Governments need to provide a regulatory framework that safeguards responsible AI, while supporting the capabilities of AI-based innovation. The benefits of AI will be highly dependent on the public’s trust in the new technology, and governments have an important role in working with all stakeholders to empower users and promote its safe deployment.
The Rise . . is Now
Digital communications are shifting social and political leverage away from Urban centers. Large pockets of influence are now dispersed among global populations and disparate voices.
This is an Epic Event
We are witnessing a rapid empowering of democracy and human advance over antiquated and failing corporatocracies. The birth pangs of this new world are difficult to recognize at ground level as the blind and greedy try to hold back the inevitable.
Human nature demands clarity and seeks truth. The accelerative thrust is increasing our understanding.
The Future is Better Now
Defining technological strategy across society is dangerously inept. The problem at this time is how to deal with exponential growth in technologies. Exponential growth is producing effects that are pervasive across the globe and having an impact on almost every aspect of societies in both constructive and destructive ways.
While exponential growth is producing important changes in how societies function, technological strategies underpinning the definition and development of societies are most frequently not well aligned with the seismic growth in the basic technologies being deployed. Whenever the evolution of a technology base outstrips technological strategy and operational technique, there is increasing potential for disaster.
New technologies are deployed haphazardly with emphasis on monetization and used without a well-defined social strategy or commensurate conceptual coupling, resulting in a widening functional gap and deepening social failure.
Exponential growth in human interfaces with digital technologies for information-control, is arguably the defining trend in this decade, yet it is mostly not well understood. Some observers regard such growth with unbounded optimism.
Though haphazardly introducing technologies via market-driven profiteering and power-motivated designs poses grave and unprecedented dangers. Our attention is being distracted at ground level and social confusion is mounting. Take up the challenge by joining in the conversation. It’s Time..
The AI conversation must include the extremes of both sides -Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerburg. There should be no doubt AI will be weaponized, and we should all acknowledge that those efforts are already underway. Our preparations can’t lag behind the extreme possibilities when all of humanity is at stake.
A New breed of ‘AI Hackers’ empowered by an Internet of Everything, Autonomous Systems and driven by hate pose an unprecedented threat.
The promise of Utopia is countered by rising inequality and self-seeking Dystopian forces.
The Escalating Speed of Technology Advance and Convergence
Technology disruption is tearing across the fabric of our industry-based lifestyles,
Stampeding over a growing number of us like a virus and forcing calamity upon our lives.
‘Normal’ is out of Vogue — Accepted Routine is being swept away by Rushing ‘Changes’ and the Unprepared Reactions to them
Artificial Intelligence is Introduced into our Homes and Everyday Lives by the Tens of Millions.
At Ground Level, a simple purchase of an Internet device, such as an Amazon Echo, provides control of a growing mass of connected services, gadgets and appliances inside and outside our homes.
Services and gadgets providing 24/7 AI access throughout our homes and social lives, Learning all of our family’s likes and dislikes, programming and filtering our media and information, family locations, food, ordering etc. Services offering advice and answer all of our questions.
Internet service provider and wireless carrier Verizon, recently assured us they wouldn’t sell our information – even though they legally can.
Audio company Bose, has recently admitted to using their headphones to collect and sell our personal information.
AI-linked Autonomous Vehicles as a Service is being prepared to supplant automobile ownership by profit driven manufacturers and insurance companies.
Considering just these few examples, what can result from the pending avalanche of AI infusion?
20th century methods of capitalism focus on the race to new markets and fast profits. Adaptive and Connected communities are empowered for valuating the profound social impact of AI and AI-derived technologies.
The Underlying lifestyle implications have to be understood and translated within our communities.
In this hour, TED speakers offer perspectives on belief from all ends of the spectrum, from atheists to the devout. (Original Broadcast Date: November 22, 2013).
Rising above the protracted calamity of campaign politics, we can recognize how the People are being sidelined by an explosion of competing information. We are witnessing the corrupting power and partisan application of a new Digital Media — the dark side. Recent political media tactics have resulted in the lowest voter turnout in over 20 years.
The swift proliferation of the Internet and social media have left many of us unprepared for the information deluge. Sorting through increasing volumes of information, leaves less time to validate Truth from Fake.
Those seeking power and influence produce or release biased and well-timed misinformation or Spin to further their own self interests. This burgeoning practice is creating a dangerous functional gap and brings with it unprecedented division, confusion, and frustration— a recipe for violence.
Media services providing unbiased, accurate and validated information have an extraordinary chance for global following and empowering social progress. While knowledge centers (including: technology & research hubs, community, business and academia) are able to provide needs-driven capacity building with open access to rigorous information on trends and developments.
Open access to trusted information is a cornerstone to developing knowledge, lifestyle clarity, and cultivating roles with evolving functionalities and interests— continuously integrating new learning experiences for advancing our changing realities.
Technology Innovations Are Forcing Rampant Changes
Layers of Bureaucracy are Unable to Cope with its Increasing Momentum.
Like a Thundering Passenger Locomotive on an Unknown Track, We’re Asking the Corporate Office for Directions— and a Board Meeting is Called for a Consensus.
At Best, ‘Trickle-Down’ Guidance is Late on Arrival. . .
We May be Doomed if More Interactions Aren’t Taken at Local Levels
— By The People .. For The People
Understanding Technologies’ Impacts
R3 Projects are about local Families and Communities Understanding the Impact of Technologies and Planning for the Road Ahead.
Identifying Our Roles by Our Interests Levels, and Looking Within Our Families to Realize How We Are Each a Piece in the ‘Puzzle’ of Technology Disruption. When We Come Together the Picture is Beautiful and Clear.
Combined Diversity is Valuable
Our Communities are unique blends of people with local knowledge, diverse abilities and needs.
Today, our diversity increases our value exponentially when we act together and share ideas— learning ways to direct new disruptive technologies for intelligent and positive change.
Pioneers in a New World
As pioneers, we are blazing the trail in a new world with unprecedented opportunities for our families and children.