There’s something wonderfully satisfying about pouring yourself into a project for the better part of two years, then finally see the first piece of recognition at the national level. Time Magazine’s “Books in Brief” covers Heart of the Machine in their February 27, 2017 issue.
My latest at Fast Company/Co.Exist has the rather lengthy title “Welcome to the Emotion Economy Where AI Responds to–and Predicts–Your Feelings“. It’s been among my most widely shared articles, which my editor there confirmed. Hopefully this means there are a lot of readers out there who are ready to explore this subject in more depth?
I’ll be speaking about Artificial Emotional Intelligence at the Global Futures Festival this Friday, Sept 16. Put on by the Association of Professional Futurists, it’s a virtual gathering that’s free to the public with registration. There will be futurists presenting from all over the world from 12:00/noon EDT till after midnight. My talk is at 6pm PDT/ 9pm EDT. Hope you can make it!
There’s something very satisfying about waking up in the morning to find you’ve been featured in a New York Times article. Writer, consultant and workplace expert, Alexandra Levit spoke with me earlier this summer about some of the ways increasingly emotionally aware technology will change our work environment.
Given the preponderance of vanishing job doom-and-gloom, we focused on the idea that more and more we’re going to see “co-work” situations in which AIs and robots work alongside people to help enhance capabilities and productivity. Such scenarios will only benefit from these technologies’ growing ability to be emotionally sensitive to their human co-workers. Since this inevitably contributes to the growth of machine intelligence, it’s a win-win for both our tribes.
San Francisco was host to WorldFuture 2015 earlier this month. With around 700 attendees and professional futurists from all over the globe, it remains the world’s oldest and best known futures conference.
On Saturday, the conference’s first full day, I had the opportunity to give my session, “Cybercrime 2025 and Beyond” to a full house and it seemed very well received. I chose to take a little different tack with this talk and explored the development of cybercrime and the search for its solutions as part of the ongoing coevolution between humanity and technology. I ended with a call for building a biologically-inspired cyber-immune system that could protect not only our future digital assets, but potentially our physical infrastructure as well. While there is research being done in this area, there isn’t a focused program for bringing it to fruition. Yet.
Given the growing threat of cybercrime in recent years, it’s no surprise there were several speakers at the conference who addressed the subject. “Future Crimes” author, Marc Goodman opened the morning with an excellent talk that drew from the wide range of topics he covers in his new book. Later in the afternoon, Roey Tzezana, a nanotechnology scientist and futurist from the University of Tel Aviv spoke about his team’s cybercrime forecast model which looks at the threat profiles that are generated when different technologies are combined. Fascinating stuff.
My article on a recent and important mathematical proof regarding the beginnings of our universe was published at Scientific American today. While it may seem odd that a futurist is writing about something that happened 13.8 billion years ago, in fact I think it’s both justified and applicable. Our understanding of the origins of our universe tells us quite a bit about its future and its eventual end. As we refine our models and they become increasingly accurate, our predictions about other cosmological phenomena also improves. Not to mention it’s great fun!