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System Zero: What kind of AI have we created?
System Zero: What kind of AI have we created? 500 276 Neil Lawrence

Apparent rapid advances in artificial intelligence are plugging into deep-seated fears we have about the fate of humanity. These fears are not new, they go back as far Kubrick and…

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The information barons threaten our autonomy and our privacy
The information barons threaten our autonomy and our privacy 1024 565 Neil Lawrence

My latest post on The Guardian: As we share more of ourselves online we become easier to predict and control, how can we address this imbalance of power in the…

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Did Volkswagen unfairly ask their developers to play with fire?
Did Volkswagen unfairly ask their developers to play with fire? 1024 565 Hadi Tok

Fire. It is considered the greatest gift in human history. When I first started my Computer Science major one of the early prerequisites of the major was to take a…

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Value yourself. It’s more than just money.
Value yourself. It’s more than just money. 1024 565 Ryan Garner

citizenme was featured in the Financial Times yesterday. The article entitled “Sell your own personal data” examines platforms like citizenme that help digital citizens gain value from their personal data.…

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How Africa can benefit from the data revolution
How Africa can benefit from the data revolution 1024 565 Neil Lawrence

My latest post for The Guardian on the data revolution in Africa: Locally-driven data projects across the continent can enable the infrastructure to bring about economic change The UN has…

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The data driven economy will help marketers exploit us
The data driven economy will help marketers exploit us 1024 565 Neil Lawrence

My latest post of The Guardian: The internet of things will improve marketers’ understanding of consumers, enabling them to better advertise products we don’t need The mathematical basis of rational…

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How to prevent creeping artificial intelligence becoming creepy
How to prevent creeping artificial intelligence becoming creepy 1024 565 Neil Lawrence

My latest post for The Guardian on artificial intelligence: With successful AI emerging slowly and almost without us noticing, we must improve the understanding between human and computer. The traditional…

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Data Sharing and Rewards: Prize Draw & Findings
Data Sharing and Rewards: Prize Draw & Findings 1024 566 Greer Hahn

To everyone who participated in our recent survey, ‘Data Sharing and Rewards’, we’d like to say a sincere thank you! Your insights, opinions and preferences are helping us to build…

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Let’s learn the rules of the digital road before talking about a web Magna Carta
Let’s learn the rules of the digital road before talking about a web Magna Carta 1024 565 Neil Lawrence

My latest post for The Guardian: Technology is moving so fast we’re only beginning to understand how it will change society. It’s too early to distill our thinking to an…

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Your digital identity: picture perfect or a hot mess?
Your digital identity: picture perfect or a hot mess? 1024 566 StJohn Deakins

Recently described as, “a massive spaghetti-ball mess,” the doomed MySpace serves as a cautionary tale to Internet startups and monolithic social media players alike. But are we ordinary citizens facing…

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Beware the rise of the digital oligarchy
Beware the rise of the digital oligarchy 1024 566 Neil Lawrence

My latest post for The Guardian on the rise of the digital oligarchy: Powerful algorithms are concentrating the ownership of personal data in few hands. We need rights to control…

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TVs listening to us? Where’s the value?
TVs listening to us? Where’s the value? 1024 566 StJohn Deakins

Why would your TV eavesdrop on you? Last week it was revealed by The Daily Beast that the Samsung Smart TV records voice commands and shares them with a “third party”. It…

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