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Microwave? Microfilm? No, Microwriter

Sometimes it is worth taking a look into the past to learn something about the future. Anyone developing AI today would do well not to assume that they have a good idea, but to consider for whom the idea is actually intended. Does my idea make people happier, the world better or more beautiful? Does ...

My AI Assitants

As a journalist and author, you have a reputation for being a little old-fashioned. Maybe some of you imagine that I'm still typing this all on a typewriter. Well, maybe that doesn't quite fit in with this blog, but there are journalists who say they don't like technology. They became journalists because it didn't work ...

Am I A Robot?

Am I a robot? I get asked that again and again when I use Google or Amazon or other sites that have recently found me to be a spammer. And to prove that I am not a robot, I have to click on pictures showing cars, bridges or shops from the front. To be honest, I ...

Star Trek at Norvatis

A few weeks ago, I rode to Basel to find out how the pharmaceutical industry uses Artificial Intelligence. I looked at Novartis' innovation called the Sense Bridge - a room with six screens lit up with colored dots, bars, curves and maps. Tables and chairs are set in a semicircle around the screens. The idea ...

Big Data & Me #002

The second part of my Big Data online program was about changing variables and using them several times. We are still working with Processing. The program should draw a picture from our environment. I opted for my desk: tabletop, keyboard, screen and a pot with a flower. Still, the program has to do without loops, ...

Big Data & Me #001

My own knowledge of artificial intelligence, robotics and big data I have learned more or less self-taught, with books, countless conversations, attending meetings, reviewing scientific literature, and my two semesters studying computer science. I would now like to systematically refresh and expand this knowledge. I am currently taking part in an online program of the ...

The Sea of Solitude

You're traversing a strange landscape and encountering monsters, but they are not the usual monsters. They are very similar to you - more than you want to believe. Why? Are you a monster yourself? Are we all? And what does that mean when it looks like that in us, when the soul is partly darkness? ...

Ten technologies for a better world

The World Economic Forum has announced the annual list of breakthrough technologies. This refers to technologies that have the greatest potential to positively influence our lives. So it's mainly about technologies that contribute, for example, to fighting poverty, diseases or climate change. In fact, this is often neglected when it comes to new technologies that ...

Sent to prison by an Artificial Intelligence?

Eric Loomis, 34, was once convicted of a sexual crime. In 2013 he was again in court. He was caught with a car that was previously used in a shooting. He was imprisoned for six years. The decision was made by a judge, though based on a recommendation by the software Compas, an artificial intelligence. ...

Ghostwriting

Some people copy from others, but others don't write their master's, diploma or doctoral theses themselves, too, but employ ghostwriters. Danish researchers have therefore programmed an AI that can detect if someone has written an unique work. It evaluates the writing style, and if it doesn't fit the previous work, there likely is a ghost ...