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[liberationtech] Cognition as a Service: Can next-gen creepiness be countered with crowd-sourced ethics?

David Solomonoff president at
Thu May 8 10:28:40 PDT 2014

Now that marketers use cloud computing to offer everything as a service:
infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and software as a
service, what’s left?

Cognitive computing, of course.

Cognition as a service (CaaS) is the next buzzword you’ll be hearing.
Going from the top of the stack to directly inside the head, AI in the
cloud will power mobile and embedded devices to do things they don’t
have the on-board capabilities for, such as speech recognition, image
recognition and natural language processing (NLP).

The Open Roboethics initiative is a think tank that addresses these
issues with an open source approach to this new challenge at the
intersection of technology and ethics.

The real question is whether a human community can get to the Internet
Engineering Task Force credo of a “rough consensus and running code,”
faster than machines can unite, at first inspired by the darkest human
impulses and then on to their own, unknown agenda.

Full article:

David Solomonoff, President
Internet Society of New York
president at

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