Archive for September 14th, 2018

14/09/2018

Artificial Intelligence: a Danger to Mankind, or the Key to a Better World?

Human Wrongs Watch

12 September 2018 — Siri, Alexa and Cortana are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Artificial Intelligence (or A.I.), which is playing an increasingly pervasive role in our lives.

UN Photo/Manuel Elias | Brief dialogue between the Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and Sophia at the ECOSOC and Second Committee joint meeting on “The Future of Everything – Sustainable Development in the Age of Rapid Technological Change.” 11 November 2017.

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In the background, AI is being used in a huge range of settings, from helping to land a plane, to getting a parcel to you more quickly, and deciding whether you get a job interview.

But there are growing concerns that these powerful technologies pose equally powerful dangers, even posing an existential threat to humanity itself.

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14/09/2018

Solidarity for Full Employment

Human Wrongs Watch

By Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service*

10 September 2018

The ideas expressed in this Editorial are developed more completely in the section Featured Research Paper: Solidarity for Full Employment (whole paper)

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Howard Richards

The problems of drug addiction, gangs, crime, ethnic nationalism, racism, sexism, chronic depression, immigration issues, poverty in old age, mental illness, war, inner city schools, taking necessary measures to save the biosphere that cost jobs, and many others will not be reduced to manageable proportions, much less solved, until human life is reorganized so that most people who need decent employment are able to find it.  Would you agree?

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14/09/2018

Scourge of Genocide Remains a ‘Threat and a Reality’ Today – UN Human Rights Chief

Genocide remains a “threat and a reality” in the 21st century, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet on 13 September 2018 said, in an appeal to States to do more to act on the “warning signs” that often precede grave violations of international law.

UN Photo/Mark Garten | A wall of photos at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the site of infamous Security Prison S-21 and the Khmer Rouge’s brutal treatment of detainees.
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