Startup Digest

Artificial Intelligence

July 01, 2016

Hi all,

Welcome to AI Reading List #22. Here are some of the AI resources, updates and ideas I found most interesting this week.

Please share your own thoughts and suggestions via Twitter or email. And please pass this along to anyone you think may find it interesting.


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Artificial Intelligence’s White Guy Problem

Kate Crawford - The New York Times

Reemphasis of a profoundly important point: all algorithms have people's decisions behind them.

AI, Apple and Google

Benedict Evans

"Looking beyond just privacy, this field is moving so fast that it's not easy to say where the strongest leads necessarily are, nor to work out which things will be commodities and which will be strong points of difference."

Should robots have to pay taxes?

Charles Riley - CNN Money

A draft report produced by the European Parliament proposes, among other things, that robots' owners should potentially have to pay taxes towards (human) social security.

AI pilot defeats human combat instructor in simulated air battles

James Vincent - The Verge

"ALPHA, which was designed as a research tool, was called 'the most aggressive, responsive, dynamic, and credible AI I’ve seen to date' by United States Air Force Colonel Gene Lee, a retired aerial combat instructor who tested the program's capabilities."

And it can run on the computing power of "a low-budget PC."

Chatbot lawyer overturns 160,000 parking tickets in London and New York

Samuel Gibbs - The Guardian

"Having started with parking tickets, Browder’s next challenge for the AI lawyer is helping people with flight delay compensation, as well as helping the HIV positive understand their rights and acting as a guide for refugees navigating foreign legal systems.

"At the same time, Browder is exploring a developer platform that only requires legal knowledge, not a coding background, which could spawn further useful chatbots to help dispense simple legal advice without exorbitant fees."

Something tells me human lawyers may not take this technology lying down.

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