News

Quoted in Scientific American

I am quoted as being skeptical of the Nature study regarding people’s preferences for autonomous cars. The study really only uses autonomous cars to reveal previously known human biases. The study should say nothing about how we develop autonomous cars. Check out the full article here.

Connected Health Conference (Boston, USA)

I moderated the panel “Bots for Socialization and Care Delivery: Exploring the Limits of Bot-Human Interaction” with Casey Bennett of CVS Health, Cory Kidd of Catalia Health, Phil Marshall of Conversa, and Ned Semonite of Ohmni Labs. I also served on the panel “The Future of Technology and the Human Element” with Kyra Bobinet of engagedIN, Pattie Maes of the MIT Media Lab, and Rosesmary Sheehan of Patners Healthcare Inc. Had a blast and learned a lot.

 

Launch of the Netherlands AI Alliance (ALLAI)

Today at the World AI Summit in Amsterdam I launched (together with Catelijne Muller and Virginia Dignum) the Netherlands AI Alliance. From the website:

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to have significant advantages for society.

As with every disruptive technology, AI also entails risks and complex policy challenges in areas such as safety and monitoring, socio- economic aspects, ethics and privacy, reliability, to name a few.

To fully reap the benefits and opportunities of Al and at the same adequately address the risks and challenges collaboration between all stakeholders is necessary.

ALLAI provides the platform for active involvement of all stakeholders in achieving Responsible Al – from as early as the development stage up to the ultimate use in our daily lives.

We believe that this collaborative and inclusive approach will lead to increased social involvement, trust and support with respect to the further development and use of AI.

Brainstorm Magazine (print and web) Interview & Article

The article “Brave new world: Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe straddles the worlds of science and ethics, and is shaping the conversations of both.” has just been posted online. It is also available in the print magazine. From the article:

[Dr. van Wynsberghe] reckons that given humanity’s track record with cellphones and personal computers and the environmental damage that has followed from their manufacture and disposal, or the story of exploitation of coffee farmers, or child labour in the global garment industry, “I think we can pretty safely see where we’re going to go with robotics and AI.”

This is part of the reason she is pushing so hard for a certification programme for robotics and AI, which could assist humanity and technology companies to, this time, ‘steer in a different direction’.