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How will our understanding of organisations change as they become more integrated with machines? The ability to adapt requires an organisation to learn. Organisations learn in response to changing environments through feedback loops that provide knowledge of the surrounding environment and allow for adjustment to the system. Adaptation and learning through awareness of one’s environment … Continue reading The Intelligence of Organisations
The paper I co-wrote with Coleman, Batten, Hallsworth and Spencer called “The Quiet Crisis of PhDs and COVID-19: Reaching the financial tipping point” has attracted some good media coverage this last week. The media coverage has seen over 3,400 people view the pre-print from 9th-19th July 2020, and the story was widely shared on social … Continue reading The Quiet Crisis of PhDs – Not so Quiet Anymore!
The following post is a reflection response to an article published by Michael Klenk on 15th June 2020 titled “Are We Asking The Right Questions About The Ethics Of Technology?“ I recently read an interesting opinion piece titled “Are we asking the right questions about the ethics of technology” (Klenk, 2020) that argued for a … Continue reading First questions: sociotechnial approaches to Ethical AI.
Humans are weird. This is a good thing. If you were on the fence about this fact in January, I bet you have a different view on it now. Toilet paper panic alone should do it for you. What I am loving about this though, is how our weirdness has broken many AI systems. AI … Continue reading How a toilet paper crisis can break AI.
Our study surveyed 1076 doctoral and research master’s candidates on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on their living and financial situation, and impact to their candidature.
Universities serve multiple purposes, and there has been an extensive debate around the question of which functions are the most essential. Answers range in scope from ideals of liberal education focussed on the development of the individual such as was captured by Newman (1852), to aspirations of serving the common good (Marginson, 2016), as well … Continue reading What are universities for?
From a great letter to Nature Machine Intelligence by Nicolas Spatola. “Several non-profit organizations such as theCenter for Humane Technology are workingto raise awareness of ethical concerns in AIamong both politicians and actors in thetechnology sector. However, the pressuremust also come from citizens themselves,from the grassroots of our societies, as itdoes in the case of … Continue reading Citizens at the centre of AI ethics.