Month: July 2017

Artificial Intelligence and the need to Regulate SkyNet!

Artificial Intelligence and the need to Regulate SkyNet!

With so many companies working on Artificial Intelligence at the minute and the consensus in the field being that this will lead to Artificial General Intelligence (the type seen in films like Terminator with SkyNet) should we be worried, is there a need to look at regulating this area of Technology? Well Elon Musk has long advocated that regulation is required for Artificial Intelligence warning time and time again that it poses an exponential threat to humanity. At the National Governors Association summer meeting over the weekend Musk repeated these sentiments to the Governors in attendance, highlighting that we need to start regulating AI right now.

“I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it,” Musk told the the attendees of the NGA summer meeting. “…until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal.” Mush addressed that the solution is regulation;  “AI is a rare case where we need to be proactive about regulation instead of reactive. Because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late.” He continued by highlighting that the current model of legislation whereby governments only step-in after a bunch of bad things happen and then public outcry causes them to start looking at regulating that area, however we are still talking a few years later that regulation will come into effect. Musk expands on this by further highlighting that this model is inadequate for Artificial Intelligence because it represents “a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization.”.

Musk jokes how regulation does have a use and we need to ensure areas are not over regulated but they need some regulation e.g. the FAA “if you ask the average person, hey do you wanna get rid of the FAA and just like take a chance on manufactures not cutting corners on aircraft because profits were down that quarter, well hell no that sounds terrible”.

If you want to Watch Musk’s interview you can in full below, his remarks surrounding AI are at about 48 minutes in until about 54 minutes and also at about 1 hour 16 minutes he gets a question from Governor Hickenlooper surrounding the risk of AI.

 

Windows 365! Is it time for a subscription based OS?

Windows 365! Is it time for a subscription based OS?

There has long been rumors that Microsoft may have plans for a subscription model that would encompass more then it’s Office suite, when Windows 10 was still in beta testing their was a buzz surrounding how they would price this new Operating System and many summarized that with Microsoft leaning towards a subscription based service on other key product lines that it was only natural for them to move this model onto the core OS as well. As we all know that didn’t happen and Microsoft chose to give away Windows 10 via free upgrade for consumers, however that upgrade period has been and gone and Windows 10 went back to the standard retail pricing of previous incarcerations. A few builds later and Microsoft executives were out at the last unveiling explaining the new features that we will get to enjoy but this time it kept being referred to as Windows-As-A-Service.

Windows as a Service, well we have heard that before, some people might just say that its marketing jargon but I believe it’s more, Microsoft has now trademarked the term “Windows 365”, does this mean a subscription model is really coming…

For the most part people don’t tend to buy an Operating System and instead opt for buying a new computer with a pre-loaded OS ready for them, but for the ones that do buy the OS this could bring some interesting pricing points and deals into the mix, Microsoft would likely offer a bundle option with it’s current 365 line offering Office, OneDrive and the OS together in one neat package. Or even a gamer pack where they could pair it with an Xbox Live Gold membership and some store credits. Of course none of us can see Microsoft deciding to only offer this model but rather having it as an additional option for its customers, after all a low monthly figure is a lot easier then a couple hundred pounds upfront for a OS.