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Education not a universal ‘good’

In the British Library yesterday, I spent a few hours in their superb Taking Liberties exhibition which had a section on the clash between religious belief and freedom of speech. Iwent upstairs to see their collection of early Bibles, Korans and Torahs, one of the best collections of early books in the world. It set me thinking. Books such as Locke’s Two Treatises on Government, Mill’s On Liberty and Paine’s The Rights of Man...

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Why is ‘AI and Ethics’ work mostly a waste of time? It’s rife with amateurism in ‘ethics’, confirmation bias, anthropomorphism and activism.

I run an AI company, have invested in AI companies, taught the application of AI in my field, give talks and podcasts on the subject and have written a book on the subject. Yet, most of the questions I get on AI and data are what people see as ‘ethical’ issues. The problem is that they’re mostly not.Actual ethicsThere is little in the way of actual ethics among those in this field. Questions about what moral philosophy is being...

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Empathy… “sounds wonderful but the search for empathy is simply misled” Donald Norman

I was looking at design methodologies and kept seeing the word ‘EMPATHY’ pop up. It puzzled me. I’ve read my Hume and thought, yes, empathy is a subjective feeling. If I have empathy with someone, it means I feel for them. Then I realised they were not using the word in this sense. They meant, literally putting yourself in their shoes or minds. That I find odd. How would a 25 year old graduate designer put themselves into the...

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OEB debate on Higher Education... 7 mins each... here's my 7 mins worth...

 ‘This House Believes Universities, in Their Current Form, Are Unsustainable as Mass-participant Institutions’We each had 7 minutes to put our case… here’s mine…My 1st argument is PERSONALI have two sons – twins, now 27 years old – interesting experiment – one went to University and has a degree in AI, one did NOT. He hated school and University, sitting in lectures would have sucked then life out of him. The one who...