Ethics for an age of smart machines

Posted by Mike Walsh

Jan 28, 2019 5:25:25 AM

Simon Longstaff

 

We are at a pivotal moment in our society where the forces of accelerating technology are starting to collide with our personal values, social priorities and legal systems. With the rise of AI and automation, knowing how to identify what is right or good in any given situation is becoming both more complex, and more essential. To get to the bottom of some of these challenging issues, I caught up with Dr Simon Longstaff, Executive Director of The Ethics Centre. Longstaff, who has been named as one of AFR Boss’ True Leaders for the 21st century, recently released a fascinating report entitled ‘Ethical By Design: Principles For Good Technology’ - that provides a framework that unifies centuries of philosophical thought, with today’s data-driven dilemmas.

 

CATEGORY: Leadership, Technology

How to be smart, when machines are smarter than you

Posted by Mike Walsh

Jan 21, 2019 5:41:05 PM

Mike Walsh

 

To kick off a new season of Between Worlds, I’m turning the camera and the microphone back on myself! What you are about to hear is the first chapter of my brand new audiobook, ‘The Algorithmic Leader: How to be smart, when machines are smarter than you.’ In this book, you will meet many of the leaders, pioneers, and scientists that regular listeners to this show will recognize from previous episodes. What will happen to jobs in a time of accelerating automation? How does the availability of real-time data change the way we need to think and solve problems? What will it take to be an effective leader in a world changed by AI? What are the secrets to successful digital transformation? I’ve synthesized years of research into a set of 10 principles about what it takes to succeed in the algorithmic age. My book is out in early March (pre-order), but if you enjoy this sample, you can download the entire audiobook at Audible or iTunes today. 

 

CATEGORY: Leadership, Technology

Speaking to truth and power in the algorithmic age

Posted by Mike Walsh

Nov 19, 2018 5:01:28 PM

Andreas Ekstrom

 

The algorithmic age raises new difficult questions about truth and objectivity. For leaders of companies and countries alike, reconciling accountability and transparency, with freedom and privacy have never been more difficult. To debate these issues, I sat down with Andreas Ekström, a Swedish philosopher and author of seven books, known for his writing and lectures on life in the digital age. His TEDx talk on the false objectivity of search results has been viewed over a million times.

 

CATEGORY: Leadership, Technology

Defending human rights in an age of AI

Posted by Mike Walsh

Oct 29, 2018 6:17:18 PM

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

 

Sherif Elsayed-Ali leads Amnesty International's global technology and human rights program. Sherif previously established Amnesty’s technology and human rights program and the organization’s artificial intelligence and human rights initiative. We met up in London to talk about the impact of algorithms, automation and AI on freedom, identity and privacy. Given the encroaching power of states and global corporations to collect and analyze data on their citizens and customers, there has never been a more important time for leaders to ask themselves, what is the right moral compass for the algorithmic age?

 

CATEGORY: Leadership, Global

How AI will force us to find new jobs, inside our old ones

Posted by Mike Walsh

Oct 22, 2018 3:06:45 PM

Manish Singh

When AI platforms are not busy beating us at Go or showing us how to drive cars properly, they are also changing the way that companies spend and track money. Talking with Manish Singh, an EVP at Oversight Systems, I learned how machine learning is both automating financial operations, and transforming the way we mitigate risk. Although Manish and I had fun talking about some of my favorite geeky AI topics (probabilistic thinking and the influence of Thomas Bayes), what you may find really interesting, is our discussion on how clerical jobs in the company of the future will not be simply automated, but elevated into something altogether new with very different skills and outcomes.

 

CATEGORY: Technology, Leadership

Surviving the post-AI economy

Posted by Mike Walsh

Aug 27, 2018 7:00:28 AM

Calum Chace

 

One of the most interesting and controversial topics today is the potential impact of AI on employment, economics and politics. Calum Chace has written a number of bestselling books on these topics including ‘Surviving AI’ and ‘The Economic Singularity’. We met up in London to talk about the broader social consequences of superintelligence, the merits of a Universal Basic Income, and how the concept of work and employment might radically change in the future.

 

CATEGORY: Leadership, Technology

The power and politics of Big Tech

Posted by Mike Walsh

Aug 20, 2018 4:58:25 PM

Lucie Greene

 

The platforms and devices provided by Big Tech pervade every aspect of our private and public lives. They promise a more efficient, social and entertaining world, but how far should we trust this new algorithmic oligarchy with our future? Author and futurist Lucie Greene has spent the last few years studying this question for her book, ‘Silicon States’. I caught up with her in New York to discuss what drives these organizations, and what might happen when they move beyond social media and search, to reinventing other sectors like space travel, education, finance or the housing market.

 

CATEGORY: Technology, Leadership

Will AI be the end of the radiologist?

Posted by Mike Walsh

Aug 13, 2018 6:54:16 PM

Hugh Harvey

 

Geoffrey Hinton, one of the world’s most renowned computer scientists has argued that ‘we should stop training radiologists right now’, and that as a result of AI, most would be out of a job within 5 years. But is this really true? Dr Hugh Harvey has a unique perspective on this question, having worked both sides of the fence - both as consultant radiologist, and also as leader in the AI space first at Babylon Health, and currently as the Clinical Lead at Kheiron Medical. Catching up with Hugh in London, I was keen to find out about the impact of algorithms on employment in the healthcare space, and what it might mean to be a radiologist in the 21st century.

 

CATEGORY: Healthcare, Leadership

The algorithmic healthcare revolution

Posted by Mike Walsh

Jul 30, 2018 10:14:07 AM

Ali Parsa 2

 

Ali Parsa is a fascinating leader and entrepreneur. Founder of Babylon Health, a company that is working with algorithms and AI to reinvent the healthcare industry, Ali has been both an influential and provocative figure at the intersection of medicine, business and technology. A few years ago, he was an early guest on the Between Worlds podcast. Since then, Babylon has expanded globally to Africa and China - as well as achieving significant advances with their own AI systems. I caught up with Ali again to learn more about his early experiences fleeing Iran as a child, where AI-first healthcare is going next, and what it takes to design successful, algorithmic organizations.

 

CATEGORY: Healthcare, Leadership

Designing organizations for AI

Posted by Mike Walsh

Jun 18, 2018 2:20:37 PM

Daniel Hulme

 

Daniel, a British expert on AI and machine learning, founded Satalia, one of the world’s first companies that brought algorithms from the academic world, into practical application at organizations. He has a Masters and Doctorate in Artificial Intelligence from UCL, lecturing in Computer Science and Business, and has spoken everywhere from TED to the Singularity University. We caught up in Soho, London to discuss the latest developments in AI, the new kinds of people that algorithmic organizations will need to hire, and his own experiments in designing a management model without traditional KPIs and hierarchies.

 

CATEGORY: Technology, Leadership