Tackling bias in artificial intelligence (and in humans)

Algorithmic bias has become a hot topic in recent months and as AI becomes more widely used the subject is becoming ever more important. McKinsey & Co have published a new report titled: Tackling bias in artificial intelligence (and in humans). They write that “the growing use of artificial intelligence in sensitive areas, including for hiring, criminal justice, and healthcare, has stirred a debate about bias and fairness. Yet human decision making in these and other domains can also be flawed, shaped by individual and societal biases that are often unconscious. Will AI’s decisions be less biased than human ones? Or will AI make these problems worse?” Their report is an interesting read.

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2019/06/tackling-bias-in-artificial.html

RIP iTunes

Last week Apple announced that iTunes will be being withdrawn (at least on the Mac). After nearly 20 years iTunes will be replaced by three separate media apps: Music, TV, and Podcasts. It’s hard to remember what a game changer iTunes was when it was launched and how it changed the music industry allowing people, for a small cost, to download individual songs from the iTunes store. Combined with an iPod it changed the way we listened to music. However, in recent years streaming music services like Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music have accounted for 75% of music sales. Whilst, for those who want a physical copy of the music, vinyl album sales have soared. RIP iTunes.

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2019/06/rip-itunes.html

The future of quantum computing

The final of the 2019 Gibbons Lectures will be a panel discussion featuring Professor Howard Carmichael, Department of Physics, University of Auckland and Professor Cris Calude, School of Computer Science, University of Auckland on the topic: The future of quantum computing.
Further details are here. The lecture is on the 29th May. Refreshments will be provided from 6pm at 260.088, Level 0 of the Owen G Glenn Building. Lectures will commence at 6.30pm, and take place in OGGB3 (260.092) on Level 0 of the Owen G Glenn Building.  
It will be streamed live and later available as a podcast.

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-future-of-quantum-computing.html

Cryptography after quantum computers

The second of the 2019 Gibbons Lectures will be presented by: Professor Steven Galbraith, Department of Mathematics University of Auckland, on the topic: Cryptography after quantum computers.
Further details are here. The lecture is on the 15th May. Refreshments will be provided from 6pm at 260.088, Level 0 of the Owen G Glenn Building. Lectures will commence at 6.30pm, and take place in OGGB3 (260.092) on Level 0 of the Owen G Glenn Building.  
It will be streamed live and later available as a podcast.

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2019/05/cryptography-after-quantum-computers.html

Quantum computing – What it is, and how we do it

The first of the 2019 free Gibbons Lectures will be presented by: Dr Michael Dinneen,  School of Computer Science, University of Auckland, on the topic: Quantum computing: What it is, and how we do it. Further details are here.
The lecture is on the 8th of May. Refreshments will be provided from 6pm at 260.088, Level 0 of the Owen G Glenn Building.
Lectures will commence at 6.30pm, and take place in OGGB3 (260.092) on Level 0 of the Owen G Glenn Building.  
The lecture will be streamed live and later available as a podcast.

This lecture is run in partnership with IT Professionals NZ, Auckland ICT Graduate School and Dr Beryl Plimmer.

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2019/05/quantum-computing-what-it-is-and-how-we.html

Building trust in human-centric AI

The Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a document prepared by the High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG). This independent expert group was set up by the European Commission in June 2018, as part of the AI strategy announced earlier that year.
The AI HLEG presented a first draft of the Guidelines in December 2018. Following further deliberations by the group in light of discussions on the European AI Alliance, a stakeholder consultation and meetings with representatives from Member States, the Guidelines were revised and published in April 2019. In parallel, the AI HLEG also prepared a revised document which elaborates on a definition of Artificial Intelligence used for the purpose of its deliverables.
Download the Ethics Guidelines from their website.

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2019/04/building-trust-in-human-centric-ai.html

2019 Gibbons Lecture Series

Assoc. Prof Peter Gibbons

The School of Computer Science’s annual public Gibbons Lecture Series will be held Wednesday evenings at 6:30pm throughout May. This year’s theme is Quantum Computing.
More information about the free lecture series can be found here.

from The Universal Machine http://universal-machine.blogspot.com/2019/04/2019-gibbons-lecture-series.html