Posts tagged AI
Ethics and AI: a crash course

Walk in to any entry-level Ethics class and you’ll observe academic philosophers teaching their students three theories of what it means to be ethical:

  1. Utilitarianism: Does an action produce net good consequences?;

  2. Deontology: Does an action follow a moral rule? e.g. the Golden Rule: ‘Treat others how you want to be treated’;

  3. Virtue Ethics: Does an action contribute to virtue (whatever that means--blame Aristotle)?

Ethical practitioners, on the other hand, will be quick to tell you the world doesn’t work so neatly.

Read More
AI: the ultimate intern

It doesn’t matter that AI isn’t as smart as the humans on your team. It is already capable of saving you time and energy by taking the easiest tasks off your hands, leaving you free to focus on more important things. 

Read More
AIRichard StirlingAI
AI: Is a robot assistant going to steal your job?

Conversations about artificial intelligence incite a reaction that is equal parts excitement and dread. Excitement because of the potential cost-saving efficiency gains that may come with AI. Dread because any mention of automation induces a fear of redundancy and disposability among mid-skilled and low-skilled workers.

In public sector management the conversation about machine learning applications is no different...

Read More
Five levels of AI in public service

AI is a very broad term which covers everything from machine learning to general intelligence. People can get caught up thinking about how to design the perfect system for dealing with problems we won’t face for years. I’ve been thinking about what a common framework might look like to make it clearer what we mean when we talk about AI.

Read More
AIRichard Stirlingai, AI