algorithms

'Garbage in, garbage out' has been a touchstone of computer programming for decades – if you put the wrong numbers into your calculator, you’ll get the wrong answer at the end
Constant notifications remind us that life is happening somewhere else. And we're at the mercy of unregulated content creators, shaping our worldview with everything from political outrage and fake news, to unrealistic body-image and lifestyle comparisons.
Companies and the UK government pulled advertisements from YouTube after it had been revealed that some of these organisations' ads were presented together with videos featuring anti-Semitism, white supremacist ideology, hate speech inciting violence, and right-wing extremism...
For those on the other side, they argue that robots can create more jobs by increasing productivity. They also point out a close correlation between robot density and high employment in industrial nations, such as Germany.
Predicting a year's worth of trends in a field as explosive as artificial intelligence is a bit like guessing what a human would do if you gave them every superpower all at once. Would they heat up their latte using eye lasers or rob a bank with a cucumber?
When it comes to AI and jobs, there's two theories on how things will end up. Optimists will tell you that man and machine can coexist, be better together and live harmoniously. Others say new tech will leave millions unemployed.
Technology-driven unemployment is no longer just an ailment of low-income households. No job is safe. There are now AI lawyers, AI accountants, and AI financial advisors. Even AI hedge fund managers. So much money is now being spent on technology that Gartner estimates many companies spend more on marketing technology than they do on actual marketing.
Extend the idea and what do you have? Senior engineers wandering around power plants? Experienced chefs walking the floors of food manufacturers? Science fiction authors keeping an eye on the robotic factories? It all sounds a bit odd, doesn't it? But perhaps it is what we need to do if we are to escape the grim consequences of leaving it all to the computers.
Algorithms give us unprecedented analytical and prediction abilities. Using them, we are able to determine trends in human behaviour, changes in the output of machines and the occurrence of natural phenomena, to name just a few possibilities.
Forget the technologists' machine-based vision. We should be looking to the biologists and geneticists. The future of artificial intelligence will be built genetically - indeed in the same way we humans are built.