Monday, 25 February 2019

Learning from the Masters

As Steve Jobs told us, “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

You'll see that in the Hypatia  App - careful thinking reflected in intuitive, clean functionality,

Friday, 22 February 2019

In praise of nerds

Nerds are those people who wrote software instead of going to parties when they were teens, build numerous things out of constructor kits (or just components), filled their conversations and reading with discussions of the possibilities of science and technology, played with systematized mathematically based models of reality (we call it D&D). Small surprise then that they turn out to be the ones who have a huge advantage when it comes to actually solving the real world problems that we put before them.

An no - I'm not a nerd - I'm an INTJ - which subsumes the class - so I can recognize now much we all need them.

Monday, 18 February 2019

On choosing your team

We want to hire people who want to make the best things to change the world.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

It is never ethical to create something, an entity or AI for sale that may one day have rights.

Talking with my kids today over dinner, we were chatting about whether it should it be ethical to create something that should have rights? While in that form it might be tricky to answer objectively a very clear cut secondary question arose.

"Should it be ethical to sell something, an entity or 'intelligence' that may, one day, have rights?"

The answer is clearly NO.

And from that

This should be a Basic Law of AI Ethics:

**It is never ethical to create something, an entity or AI for sale that may one day have rights.**

This is pretty obvious but seems to have been ignored by AI commentators excited about humanoid robots and entities - at least in this simple form so far.

Note that that is different from surrogate parenting where the surrogate is not selling the entity (i.e. the child), but is being paid to help in part of its 'upbringing'.

#ethics #rights #AI #robot

The long chase

The finish line is usually a lot further away than you think. 

Elon Musk

Monday, 11 February 2019

Easing the burden on the sick and needy.

The great philosopher Alfred North Whitehead tells us that “Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them.” In the MediChain projects I think that as a core part of all our lives that should be extended to healthcare too - to ease the burden, not to unload it onto the patient.

Friday, 8 February 2019

Thought of the week

"We're running the most dangerous experiment in history right now, which is to see how much carbon dioxide the atmosphere... can handle before there is an environmental catastrophe."

Elon Musk

Monday, 4 February 2019

What Technology isn't.

For me, technology isn’t about gadgets and consumerism.

Technology can be the key to unlocking our ability to help our fellow human beings.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

... a terrible explosive in the presence of which everything is in danger

In my bio description I say that I'm a philosopher. From that, a rival company actually paid a journalist and created a paid placement to say that I was not a scientist or medical researcher, but philosophy graduate and not qualified to run a tech company. Some major 'investors' in Asia actually believed that despite the fact that there are links to my Oxford University Cancer Research Doctorate clearly visible.

So just to clarify, I'm a philosopher in the sense of wanting know know the deeper reasons and underlying causes and in fact ran the Oxford University Natural Philosophy society - maybe in the sense of the famous quote "what I understand by `philosopher': a terrible explosive in the presence of which everything is in danger[*]" - not in the sense that I spent four years writing essays on Kant in a liberal arts college.

*And I guess that I need to say . . . because as we see above there are people out there who don't necessarily understand these things - by everything I mean that some peoples complacent assumptions and erroneous world models are at risk - so its a metaphorical explosive not a real one . . .