Voices in AI – Episode 7: A Conversation with Jared Ficklin

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In this episode, Byron and Jared talk about rights for machines, empathy, ethics, singularity, designing AI experiences, transparency, and a return to the Victorian era.

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Byron Reese: This is Voices in AI, brought to you by Gigaom. I’m Byron Reese. Today, our guest is Jared Ficklin. He is a partner and Lead Creative Technologist at argodesign.

In addition, he has a wide range of other interests. He gave a well-received mainstage talk at TED about how to visualize music with fire. He co-created a mass transit system called The Wire. He co-designed and created a skate park. For a long while, he designed the highly-interactive, famous South by Southwest (SXSW) opening parties which hosted thousands and thousands of people each year.

Welcome to the show, Jared.

Jared Ficklin: Thank you for having me.

I’ve got to start off with my first and favorite question: What is artificial intelligence?

Well, I think of it in the very mechanical way of, that it is a machine intelligence that has reached a point of sentience. But I think it is just a broad umbrella where we kind of apply it to any case where the computerization is attempting to solve problems with human-like thoughts or strategies.

Well, let’s split that into two halves, because there was an aspirational half of sentience, and then there was a practical half. Let’s start with the practical half. When it tries to solve problems that a person can solve, would you include a sprinkler that comes on when your lawn is dry as being an artificial intelligence? Because I don’t have to keep track of when my lawn is dry; the sprinkler system does.

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Merehead

AI definitely plays a significant role. I believe within 1 or 2 years, it’ll be so easy to use AI that everyone can do it!

PANKAJ SINGH

Machine ethics will be in turn inculcated into machines through human behavior, A child develops ethics which have been taught to him/her and then decides what is right or wrong according to own concise basis personal experience, similarly wouldn’t machines develop ethics on their own, their own right and wrong …it is sounding interesting but scary already ..

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