In a recent piece in FastCompany, Jeremy Hsu discusses the pros and cons of a system called Shielded Students, which relies on a high-tech gun detection system to prevent shooters from getting into schools.
The scales of justice/Government of PEI.
I recently wrote a blog on the lack of transparency in e-voting as proposed for adoption in many Ontario municipalities. Traditionally, it is not enough to correctly identify election winners. The process must be open to inspection and challenge, thus legitimating the result.
The adoption of computers has profoundly impacted work. It gave rise to a new class of laborer, e.g., the "knowlege worker". It also replaced certain kinds of work, e.g., through automation. Trade-offs of this type are a normal result of technological changes.
Currently, artificial intelligence is assuming a greater role in work. Three recent article illustrate this trend and the sorts of trade-offs that come with it.
My news feed put up an interesting pair of articles about applications of AI to what might be called knowledge discovery.
The first was an article by Adrienne Lafrance about the search for another Antikythera mechanism. The Antikythera mechanism is an astronomical computer made in Hellenistic Greek times and found in a shipwreck off the island of Antikythera in 1901.