OneWebDay: In Celebration Of The Web

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Today is the first OneWebDay, a globalawareness event to “create, maintain, advance and promote a global day to celebrateonline life.” It was founded by Susan Crawford, associate professor at the Cardozo Schoolof Law in New York City. Some big Web names have been lined up in support – including SirTim Berners-Lee and Craig Newmark of craigslist. Virtual celebrations will be held inSecond Life and there will be real-world celebrations around the globe.I can certainly get behind a message likethis:“The idea behind OneWebDay is to tell the story of how the web changes lives aroundthe world. We’re making the web visible so that we don’t take it for granted.”Fred Wilson does the AlGore thing and riffs on the ecology metaphor:“The web is like planet earth. It’s an amazing resource that we need to value,respect, protect, and celebrate.”Even skeptical tech news website The Register gets intothe spirit:“The idea behind OneWebDay is to remember that the web is not just a jumble ofmachines, but also a social environment.”The About Page of OneWebDay lays out the message in detail:“The Web is worth celebrating.OneWebDay is one day a year when we all – everyone around the physical globe – cancelebrate the Web and what it means to us as individuals, organizations, andcommunities.As with Earth Day – an inspiration and model for OneWebDay – it’s up to thecelebrants to decide how to celebrate. We encourage all celebrations! Collaboration,connection, creativity, freedom.By the end of the day, the Web should be just a little bit better than it was before,and we’ll be able to see our connection to it more clearly.”Pic: jonasgoldsteinSuggested activities include: Collective art projects (see yourself as a pixel); Musicmashups; Contributing to a slide show of flickr images of people doing the onewebday handsignal (see above); Teach your grandmother to blog; Make a website for your club, church,school; Employees: teach your boss to IM; Doctors: Set up web-based self-scheduling forpatients.I’m all for this (well, except maybe the hand signal…). The thought behind it is agreat one, so Read/WriteWeb encourages you to get out there and celebrate the Web! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Real World#web richard macmanuslast_img read more

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ISCPO 2019 Conference Emphasizes the Evolution of E-Commerce Security

first_imgThe fifth annual International Supply Chain Protection Organization (ISCPO) Conference was held March 5-6 at the 7-Eleven Store Support Center in Irving, TX.Emphasizing this year’s theme of “The Evolution of E-commerce Security,” ISCPO Chairman Byron Smith kicked off the two-day event by reinforcing a commitment from the organization to lead the way in supporting both supply chain and e-commerce protection efforts, the latter of which is seen as a critical aspect in the ongoing evolution of the supply chain function in 2019.This year’s event featured a wealth of topics focused on e-commerce protection.- Sponsor – Following the opening remarks, former ISCPO Chairman Rod Fulenwider awarded Smith the organization’s Award of Excellence for stepping up in an exceptional way during Rod’s unexpected sabbatical in 2018. With the conference being held at the 7-Eleven Store Support Center, it was also an opportune time to introduce Art Lazo as the new vice president of asset protection at 7-Eleven—a great way to energize the room and commence the event.Byron Smith receiving the ISCPO Award of ExcellenceOffering a unique approach from other trade shows, the ISCPO conference invites retailers and solution providers to participate as an active part of the various presentations, allowing everyone the opportunity to learn while adding their own experiences and expertise to the discussions. The more intimate format allows for interactive contributions, a shared learning experience, and a more intentional networking opportunity for all in attendance.The conference agenda began with keynote speaker Albert Shen, CEO of Shen Consulting and senior advisor for Toyota Mobility Foundation at the Toyota Motor Corp. Shen took an in-depth look at “The Mobility Revolution,” how mobile technology continues to rapidly change the world around us, and how companies must continue to adapt to customers’ expectations to integrate with mobile technology.Next, we heard from Heather Nickerson, executive vice president and CFO at Red Five Privacy Labs, LLC, and Paul Kurtz, co-founder and CEO for Trustar, for a discussion on “Cyber Security in the Supply Chain.” The session featured an actual case study that outlined a five-step process for effectively managing supply chain security:1) Understand 2) Collect 3) Analyze 4) Take Action 5) Follow UpIt was an engaging presentation covering many of the growing challenges faced along the supply chain as companies attempt to mitigate risk, maintain information security, and evolve to meet the needs and expectations of a new and involved customer experience.The afternoon continued to deliver thought-provoking speakers covering the evolution of e-commerce security and how advancements in technology continue to improve both the physical and digital security measures we are able to leverage. Another session, “Labor Shortages in the Supply Chain,” emphasized how finding qualified applicants has become more challenging as organizations compete to maintain their growth potential and increased sales and distribution volumes.The second day opened with a panel discussion reviewing the challenges of global fulfillment. This conversation was followed by a presentation, “Fentanyl, Opioid and Precursor Chemical Smuggling Schemes out of China,” conducted by Stephen F. Tracy from the US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), highlighting the growing concerns of fentanyl in distribution streams, the need for partnerships to address the problem, and ways to further protect people from lethal doses of this drug.During a morning break, ISCPO presented a $2,000 donation to the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund, reinforcing their continued support for loss prevention professionals who have experienced a serious life-changing injury or death while performing the duties of their profession.ISCPO awards a $2,000 donation to the Loss Prevention Benevolent Fund.This was followed by a presentation with Gene Maddox III, senior manager of international security — corporate security for American Airlines, discussing e-commerce partnerships. As product enters distribution and parcel fulfillment streams, organizations need to work together to investigate and address threats.The last presentation of the day was delivered by Terry L Boling, president, and MJ Giorgi, vice president of development at Watchpoint, talking through “Utilizing Data and Controls to Impact Investigations and the difference between Loss Prevention and Loss Reaction.”The conference concluded with an exciting, behind-the-scenes look at an Amazon Distribution Center.Many of the attendees commented on how much they appreciated the more intimate format of the ISCPO conference, the opportunity for more meaningful networking opportunities, and the chance to evaluate solution provider offerings. It was a great opportunity to learn how retailers and solution providers are working together to address the risks and evolution of the ever-changing supply chain. 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Time to short-cut getting Intel IT employees on Social Media

first_imgThis week our CIO Kim Stevenson (@kimsstevenson) posted her first public blog in the Intel Open Port IT Community stating her intent to build a social IT organization at Intel. This totally flipped my job on its head and I couldn’t be happier.My job as the social media manager for Intel IT has to share IT best practices www.intel.com/IT from Intel IT experts with the industry and to help our top IT experts blog in our community – in that priority order.  Sharing the best practices, it’s really straightforward, programmatic social distribution – it’s not rocket science. I tweet from our handle @IntelITS, share via LinkeIn and post content on www.intel.com/IT, Slideshare and Scribd.The second part, the helping our top IT experts blog is actually the trickier part. That is, until Kim’s blog, which clearly provides the leadership direction (and hopefully the motivation) to our org. The part where she says, “Being a new CIO, I made a commitment to myself that I would be a part of the 10% [of social CIOs] and bring many IT professionals along with me.”  So when your CIO’s goal is bigger than just getting the top 10-20 experts blogging, you’ve got to short cut your process and re-examine your approach.I realize I’m going to need help more of our IT employees build their public professional and IT-relevant brands through social, so to pick up some tips I attended a webinar, “How to Build a Personal Brand and Advance Your Career,” hosted Online Marketing Institute. It was a really comprehensive overview – great material to share with our team. On Twitter, Michael Brenner shared a link to a blog with some tips. More good stuff.Is that enough? Probably not. I’ve worked with technical experts for years; they are busy, dedicated people. They are not the ones to naturally go on about what they do at work or think that they have much to share. Most people in our IT org are probably pretty skeptical about the whole thing. I was very intrigued when I read a blog this week by John Stepper on how to get through that “I don’t see how it’s relevant to my job and don’t know what to say” phase.  John states in his blog, “Simply by using a collaboration platform to store your material, you make you and your work visible in real-time. And, better still, your work (projects, documents, discussions) is now searchable and discoverable. People will find you any time they’re looking for content related to what you’re doing.” He recommends narrating your work.  This approach might help those who are not super enthusiastic about making this plunge. And the fact that I’m finding all of these great resources through social media to do my job is definitely a proof point.So this week I am re-grouping. I know a lot members of our Intel Open Port IT community are active in social media. If you have additional tips and advice that might help me ramp our IT org (and keep up with Kim!), please let me know.Kelli Gizzi (@kelligizzi)#IntelITlast_img read more

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Golfer Arjun Atwal, cueist Pankaj Advani, tennis player Sania Mirza shine

first_imgArjun AtwalLeaps and jumps in some sports cannot be measured by conventional standards but three Indians took decisive steps in 2003. Golfer Arjun Atwal joined Anju Bobby George as the athlete who crossed one of the biggest professional gulfs this year. Atwal became the first player from the subcontinent to,Arjun AtwalLeaps and jumps in some sports cannot be measured by conventional standards but three Indians took decisive steps in 2003. Golfer Arjun Atwal joined Anju Bobby George as the athlete who crossed one of the biggest professional gulfs this year. Atwal became the first player from the subcontinent to qualify for the US PGA tour, the most prestigious circuit in world golf, arguably the toughest one to break into in professional sport. To qualify for the PGA tour, Atwal, who became the first millionaire from the Asian PGA tour where his journey actually began, had to play 10 rounds of golf. The competition for the top 30 spots at the US Qualifying “school” (qualifying competition) gets tighter and tighter as thousands are squeezed out by the pressure of competing for their livelihoods.The 30-year-old Kolkatan who may have had everything at home but always wanted more finished the final round tied at 7th and now qualifies to rub shoulders with Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. Don’t mock him when he says he wants to win a golf “major”- those who laughed calling him a poor little rich boy when he turned pro are eating their hats as we speak.Pankaj AdvaniHot on the heels comes the quiet, elf-like Pankaj Advani from Bangalore who plays a game of silence and solitude. The 18-year-old college student won the world amateur snooker title in China, the second Indian after O.B. Agarwal who won it in 1984.But what has marked Advani apart is his desire to turn pro in the hothouse world of international snooker. He held the national junior snooker and billiards titles in 2001 and 2002 and won the senior snooker nationals in 2002. But the win in China marked a clean break for Advani from the massed ranks of his peers.advertisementSania MirzaMuch of how far tennis star Sania Mirza can go will depend on how much ambition she can find in herself. Mirza became the first Indian girl to win a junior Grand Slam title, winning the Wimbledon girls doubles with Alisa Kleybanova.Hyderabad-based Mirza, 17, has had a title-filled junior career, but her true test will come when she graduates to the senior rank, looking to become the first Indian woman to break into the top 100 in the world.This was the year she made a statement in the doubles. The time to translate it into the singles is now here.last_img read more

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Northampton’s fast start leaves flat Newcastle staring down the barrel

first_imgPremiership Share on Messenger Welsh rugby travelling on parallel roads as Judgment Day approaches Harlequins hoping to save best for last in Premier 15s final with Saracens Rugby union match reports … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Share on Twitter Hope arrived for Newcastle in the form of Rodney Ah You’s 48th-minute try from close range after Flood’s quick thinking had the home side camped on the Northampton line and Takulua had the Falcons faithful roaring again with 25 minutes to go, after a George McGuigan break.All of a sudden Newcastle were within seven. Had their lineout been functioning properly they may have trimmed the gap even closer, but Newcastle have rarely made things easy this season. Northampton soon settled and allowed the clock to tick down, Newcastle unable to fashion any clear openings for the crucial next score. Inevitably they began to force things and Mitchell had the final word.“I thought we were pretty good in the first half and absolutely dreadful for 35 minutes of the second half,” said Northampton’s director of rugby, Chris Boyd. “We’re just happy to come here, get the points we wanted and get on with it.” Reuse this content Read more There was no lack of effort by Newcastle in the second half, having gone in 21 points down, but it is hard to recall Kingston Park being as quiet on a Friday night as it was in the opening half. In a must-win encounter Newcastle fell short of the standards required until after the interval, and even then spirit will only get you so far. Inspired by Tane Takulua they fought their back to within seven points but ultimately the damage had been done.“Mathematically we’ve will got a chance,” said Newcastle’s director of rugby, Dean Richards. “We’ve got to go down to Gloucester and get five points and get five points against Bristol. It is what it is. If Worcester win [on Sunday] and Leicester win on Saturday it’s goodnight us, isn’t it. Had we taken our opportunities against Leicester and Northampton we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about relegation.”Newcastle struck first with Takulua’s straightforward penalty but Northampton have proven themselves no mugs on their travels this season. They came here having beaten Leicester and Harlequins in their past two away league matches and soon settled into the high-tempo rhythm Chris Boyd has imbued in them. Share on WhatsApp Read morecenter_img Newcastle Since you’re here… Northampton Topics Before 10 minutes were up Northampton had their first try of the evening when Collins roasted past Toby Flood, carved up the middle and found Cobus Reinach on his inside. He flicked the ball out the back and Collins gathered on the bounce and dotted down. The referee, Luke Pearce, went upstairs, unsure if Reinach’s pass had gone forward, but awarded the try. Dan Biggar converted and added another penalty to give Saints the lead their fast start deserved.Newcastle were staring down the barrel when Collins added a second – a fine move that began when Reece Marshall offloaded to Taqele Naiyaravoro, who blasted through a couple of tackles before teeing up his fellow winger. Biggar’s conversion was again spot on.The Falcons could simply not get going and Northampton’s third – again finished by Collins just before half-time – was all too easy. Reinach picked up from the base of the ruck, sped his way down the right and found his winger outside him to run in unopposed. To twist the knife, Biggar again converted to take Northampton’s lead out to 24-3 at the interval. This was an all too familiar tale of woe for Newcastle who now seem doomed to relegation to the Championship, their six-year stay in the Premiership all but over. They briefly threatened a second-half salvo but they were cruelly denied even a losing bonus point by Alex Mitchell’s late intercept try. If there is any solace to take it is that in the long run it is unlikely to matter.As was the case last time out against Leicester, a sluggish start was costly but take nothing away from Northampton’s swashbuckling approach that yielded a first-half hat-trick for Tom Collins. The upshot for the Saints is that they creep into the top four but for Newcastle, the outlook is bleak. They are still seven points off Worcester in 11th and relegation could be confirmed as early as Sunday. This defeat also ensures safety for Bristol – a feat worth applauding for Pat Lam’s side. Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Share on LinkedIn Share via Emaillast_img read more

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33 year old male charged with five firearm related charges – Kew

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Wednesday, 08th October 2014 11:08AM – After a thorough investigation by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, charges have been laid against a 33-year-old male relating to an incident, which took place on Sunday, 05th October 2014 in the Kew Town area. The 33 year old male will be taken before the Chief Magistrate in the Magistrate’s Court later this week on charges of Discharging Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, Discharging Ammunition, Possession of Firearm with intent to endanger life and Possession of Ammunition with intent to endanger life.The 33 year old male will not be entering a plea until the day of his Sufficiency Hearing in the Supreme Court. The Chief Magistrate will schedule the date for that Sufficiency Hearing later this week. Historic $4m road works project in Kew Town, Glass Shack, first ever sidewalks under construction YOUNG MAN FOUND DEAD, KEW TOWN AGAIN Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:kewtown, magistrate’s court, possession of fireaRM, royal turks and caicos police force Recommended for you Nearly 100 Haitian migrants caught by TCI Police Marine divisionlast_img read more

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Trump Defeats Clinton Ed Gonzalez is the New Sheriff of Harris County

first_imgDonald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States, the capstone of a tumultuous and divisive campaign that won over white voters with the promise to “Make America Great Again,” NPR reports.In Harris County:Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Democratic candidate for Sheriff of Harris County Ed Gonzalez won over incumbent Ron Hickman with 53 percent of the vote.Kim Ogg won a rematch of the Harris County District Attorney race against Republican incumbent Devon Anderson. Voters defeated a controversial school finance measure on the ballot for the Houston Independent School District, known as Proposition 1, sending the state’s largest school district into uncharted waters. Sharelast_img read more

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An hour of exercise a day may help you live longer

first_imgIndulging in physical activities such as brisk walking or cycling for at least an hour each day may eliminate the increased risk of death associated with sitting for eight hours or more hours a day, suggests a study. Physical inactivity is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes as well as some cancers and is associated with more than 5 million deaths per year, the researchers said.For many people there is no way to escape sitting -whether at work, home or commuting – for prolonged periods of time.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, “an hour of physical activity per day is the ideal, but if this is unmanageable, then at least doing some exercise each day can help reduce the risk,” said a Professor at the University of Cambridge. The findings showed that people who sat for eight hours a day but were physically active had a much lower risk of death compared to people who sat for fewer hours a day, but were not physically active. This suggests that physical activity is particularly important, no matter how many hours a day are spent sitting.  In fact, the increased risk of death associated with sitting for eight hours a day was eliminated for people who did a minimum of one hour physical activity per day. Individuals who were physically inactive were between 28 per cent and 59 per cent more likely to die early – a similar risk to that associated with smoking and obesity.  “Our message is that it is possible to reduce – or even eliminate – these risks if we are active enough, even without having to take up sports or go to the gym,” added  the researcher in the work published in the journal ‘The Lancet’.last_img read more

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Sex robots artificial intelligence and ethics How desire shapes and is shaped

first_imgThe ethics of artificial intelligence seems to have found its way into just about every corner of public life. From law enforcement to justice, through to recruitment, artificial intelligence is both impacting both the work we do and the way we think. But if you really want to get into the ethics of artificial intelligence you need to go further than the public realm and move into the bedroom. Sex robots have quietly been a topic of conversation for a number of years, but with the rise of artificial intelligence they appear to have found their way into the mainstream – or at least the edges of the mainstream. There’s potentially some squeamishness when thinking about sex robots, but, in fact, if we want to think seriously about the consequences of artificial intelligence – from how it is built to how it impacts the way we interact with each other and other things – sex robots are a great place to begin. Read next: Introducing Deon, a tool for data scientists to add an ethics checklist Sexualizing artificial intelligence It’s easy to get caught up in the image of a sex doll, plastic skinned, impossible breasts and empty eyes, sad and uncanny, but sexualized artificial intelligence can come in many other forms too. Let’s start with sex chatbots. These are, fundamentally, a robotic intelligence that is able to respond to and stimulate a human’s desires. But what’s significant is that they treat the data of sex and sexuality as primarily linguistic – the language people use to describe themselves, their wants, their needs their feelings. The movie Her is a great example of a sexualised chatbot. Of course, the digital assistant doesn’t begin sexualised, but Joaquin Phoenix ends up falling in love with his female-voiced digital assistant through conversation and intimate interaction. The physical aspect of sex is something that only comes later. Ai Furuse – the Japanese sex chatbot But they exist in real life too. The best example out these is Ai Furuse, a virtual girlfriend that interacts with you in an almost human-like manner. Ai Furuse is programmed with a dictionary of more than 30,000 words, and is able to respond to conversational cues. But more importantly, AI Furuse is able to learn from conversations. She can gather information about her interlocutor and, apparently, even identify changes in their mood. The more you converse with the chatbot, the more intimate and closer your relationship should be (in theory). Immediately, we can begin to see some big engineering questions. These are primarily about design, but remember – wherever you begin to think about design we’re starting to move towards the domain of ethics as well. The very process of learning through interaction requires the AI to be programmed in certain ways. It’s a big challenge for engineers to determine what’s really important in these interactions. The need to make judgements on how users behave. The information that’s passed to the chatbot needs to be codified and presented in a way that can be understood and processed. That requires some work in itself. The models of desire on which Ai Furuse are necessarily limited. They bear the marks of the engineers that helped to create ‘her’. It becomes a question of ethics once we start to ask if these models might be normative in some way. Do they limit or encourage certain ways of interacting? Desire algorithms In the context of one chatbot that might not seem like a big deal. But if (or as) the trend moves into the mainstream, we start to enter a world where the very fact of engineering chatbots inadvertently engineers the desires and sexualities that are expressed towards them. In this instance, not only do we shape the algorithms (which is what’s meant to happen), we also allow these ‘desire algorithms’ to shape our desires and wants too. Storing sexuality on the cloud But there’s another more practical issue as well. If the data on which sex chatbots or virtual lovers runs on the cloud, we’re in a situation where the most private aspects of our lives are stored somewhere that could easily be accessed by malicious actors. This a real risk of Ai Furuse, where cloud space is required for your ‘virtual girlfriend’ to ‘evolve’ further. You pay for additional cloud space. It’s not hard to see how this could become a problem in the future. Thousands of sexual and romantic conversations could be easily harvested for nefarious purposes. Sex robots, artificial intelligence and the problem of consent Language, then, is the kernel of sexualised artificial intelligence. Algorithms, when made well, should respond, process, adapt to and then stimulate further desire. But that’s only half the picture. The physical reality of sex robots – both as literal objects, but also the physical effects of what they do – only adds a further complication into the mix. Questions about what desire is – why we have it, what we should do with it – are at the forefront of this debate. If, for example, a paedophile can use a child-like sex robot as a surrogate object of his desires, is that, in fact, an ethical use of artificial intelligence? Here the debate isn’t just about the algorithm, but how it should be deployed. Is the algorithm performing a therapeutic purpose, or is it actually encouraging a form of sexuality that fails to understand the concept of harm and consent? This is an important question in the context of sex robots, but it’s also an important question for the broader ethics of AI. If we can build an AI that is able to do something (ie. automate billions of jobs) should we do it? Who’s responsibility is it to deal with the consequences? The campaign against sex robots These are some of the considerations that inform the perspective of the Campaign Against Sex Robots. On their website, they write: “Over the last decades, an increasing effort from both academia and industry has gone into the development of sex robots – that is, machines in the form of women or children for use as sex objects, substitutes for human partners or prostituted persons. The Campaign Against Sex Robots highlights that these kinds of robots are potentially harmful and will contribute to inequalities in society. We believe that an organized approach against the development of sex robots is necessary in response the numerous articles and campaigns that now promote their development without critically examining their potentially detrimental effect on society.” For the campaign, sex robots pose a risk in that they perpetuate already existing inequalities and forms of exploitation in society. They prevent us from facing up to these inequalities. They argue that it will “reduce human empathy that can only be developed by an experience of mutual relationship.” Consent and context Consent is the crucial problem when it comes to artificial intelligence. And you could say that it points to one of the limitations of artificial intelligence that we often miss – context. Algorithms can’t ever properly understand context. There will, undoubtedly be people who disagree with this. Algorithms can, for example, understand the context of certain words and sentences, right? Well yes, that may be true, but that’s not strictly understanding context. Artificial intelligence algorithms are set a context, one from which they cannot deviate. They can’t, for example, decide that actually encouraging a pedophile to act out their fantasies is wrong. It is programmed to do just that. But the problem isn’t simply with robot consent. There’s also an issue with how we consent to an algorithm in this scenario. As journalist Adam Rogers writes in this article for Wired, published at the start of 2018: “It’s hard to consent if you don’t know to whom or what you’re consenting. The corporation? The other people on the network? The programmer?” Rogers doesn’t go into detail on this insight, but it gets to the crux of the matter when discussing artificial intelligence and sex robots. If sex is typically built on a relationship between people, with established forms of communication that establish both consent and desire, what happens when this becomes literally codified? What happens when these additional layers of engineering and commerce get added on top of basic sexual interaction? Is the problem that we want artificial intelligence to be human? Towards the end of the same piece, Rogers finds a possible solutions from privacy researcher Sarah Jamie Lewis. Lewis wonders whether one of the main problems with sex robots is this need to think in humanoid terms. “We’re already in the realm of devices that look like alien tech. I looked at all the vibrators I own. They’re bright colors. None of them look like a penis that you’d associate with a human. They’re curves and soft shapes.” Of course, this isn’t an immediate solution – sex robots are meant to stimulate sex in its traditional (arguably heteronormative) sense. What Lewis suggests, and Rogers seems to agree with, is really just AI-assisted masturbation. But their insight is still useful. On reflection, there is a very real and urgent question about the way in which we deploy artificial intelligence. We need to think carefully about what we want it to replicate and what we want it to encourage. Sex robots are the starting point for thinking seriously about artificial intelligence It’s worth noting that when discussing algorithms we end up looping back onto ourselves. Sex robots, algorithms, artificial intelligence – they’re a problem insofar as they pose questions about what we really value as humans. They make us ask what we want to do with our time, and how we want to interact with other people. This is perhaps a way forward for anyone that builds or interacts with algorithms. Whether they help you get off, or find your next purchase. Consider what you’re algorithm is doing – what’s it encouraging, storing , processing, substituting. We can’t prepare for a future with artificial intelligence without seriously considering these things.last_img read more

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