ai and humanity

What Happens When We Outsource Boring but Important Work to AI?

In 2009, an Air France jet crashed into the ocean, leaving no survivors. The plane’s autopilot system shut down and the pilots, having become reliant on their computerized AI assistant, were unable to correct the situation manually. In 2015, a bus driver in Europe typed the wrong destination into his GPS device and cheerfully took ...

Troy Oakes

A GPS map in a vehicle.

Algorithms Are Pushing AI-Generated Falsehoods at an Alarming Rate. How Do We Stop This?

Generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools are supercharging the problem of misinformation, disinformation, and fake news. OpenAI’s ChatGPT, Google’s Gemini, and various image, voice, and video generators have made it easier than ever to produce content, while making it harder to tell what is factual or real. Malicious actors looking to spread disinformation can use AI ...

Troy Oakes

Smartphone in hand with a news website on the screen.

Australia Plans to Regulate ‘High-Risk’ AI. Here’s How to Do That Successfully

Federal Minister for Industry and Science Ed Husic announced the Australian government’s response to the Safe and Responsible AI in Australia consultation. The response addresses feedback from last year’s consultation on artificial intelligence (AI). It received more than 500 submissions, noting “excitement for the opportunities” of AI tools, but also raising concerns about potential risks ...

Troy Oakes

AI digital business.

2023 Was the Year of Generative AI. What Can We Expect in 2024?

In 2023, artificial intelligence (AI) truly entered our daily lives. The latest data shows four in five teenagers in the United Kingdom are using generative AI tools. About two-thirds of Australian employees report using generative AI for work. At first, many people used these tools because they were curious about generative AI or wanted to ...

Troy Oakes

Artificial intelligence.

Grok Is Elon Musk’s New Sassy, Foul-Mouthed AI. But Who Exactly Is It Made For?

On November 4, X owner Elon Musk unveiled his new AI chatbot Grok: a sarcastic ChatGPT alternative supposedly “modeled” after The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, one of Musk’s favorite books. Grok means “to understand intuitively or by empathy, to establish rapport with.” Science-fiction writer Robert Heinlein first coined the term, which people in the ...

Troy Oakes

The Grok logo on a smartphone screen.

The U.S. Just Issued the World’s Strongest Action Yet on Regulating AI

U.S. President Joe Biden released a wide-ranging and ambitious executive order on artificial intelligence (AI) — catapulting the U.S. to the front of conversations about regulating this technology. In doing so, the U.S. is leapfrogging over other states in the race to rule over this technology. Europe previously led the way with its AI Act, ...

Troy Oakes

President Joe Biden signing an executive order.

Stephen Hawking on AI: Is This the End of the Human Race?

Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s most renowned theoretical physicists, provided profound insights on a range of subjects, including the potential impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on humanity. Even though he passed away in 2018, his perspectives continue to resonate in our increasingly AI-driven society. Today, as discussions on AI’s influence intensify, Hawking’s thoughts on ...

Mike West

A book by Stephen Hawking.