Robots

“A society whose synapses have been replaced by neural networks will generally tend to a heightened version of the status quo. Machine learning by itself cannot learn a new system of social patterns, only pump up the existing ones as computationally eternal. Moreover, the weight of those amplified effects will fall on the most data visible i.e. the poor and marginalised. The net effect being… the automation of inequality.” McQuillan, Open Democracy, 10/18

Robot lawyer DoNotPay now lets you ‘sue anyone’ via an app, Porter, The Verge 10/18

We hold people with power to account. Why not algorithms?

The Future of Jobs 2018, World Economic Forum 9/18

DeepMind’s AI can detect over 50 eye diseases as accurately as a doctor, Vincent, The Verge, 8/18

AI can be sexist and racist — it’s time to make it fair Zou & Schiebinger, Nature 7/18

The robots helping NHS surgeons perform better, faster – and for longer: Surgical robots cut training time down from 80 sessions to 30 minutes, Devlin, Guardian 7/18

Why Robots Won’t Inherit the Plant: Agility and judgment are among the chief advantages that humans possess in the factory, Akella, Industry Week 5/18

Want to Prove Your Business Is Fair? Audit Your Algorithm, Hempel, Wired 5/18

“When a real Factory of the Future arrives, it will not look different because we have automated the processes we use today. It will look different because we will have invented entirely new processes and designs for building cars requiring entirely new manufacturing techniques.” Harbour & Schmidt, HBR 5/18

How can we be sure AI will behave? Perhaps by watching it argue with itself [watch it]. Knight, 5/18

Capitalism in the age of robots: work, income and wealth in the 21st-century, Turner, INET 4/18

Automation, skills use and training, Nedelkoska & Quintini (2018), OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 202.

Political Machinery: Did Robots Swing the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election? Frey et al, 10/17

Robots And Jobs: Evidence From Us Labor Markets, Acemoglu & Restrepo,  4/17