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Cautiously optimistic

Only Humans Need Apply

Hat’s off to China Airlines! I certainly enjoyed my dalliance with them on their new non-stop service from Taipei to London. Naturally the five-hour time saving compared to the Eva route was the main reason for this, but I would also add that the facilities in Premium Economy were a notch above those of their competitor (probably not surprisingly given that it was a new plane.)

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AI and the Beijing hot pot experience

lamb hotpot

One of the great pleasures of visiting Beijing in winter is going out for a spicy lamb hot pot to fight off the freezing cold. The hot and noisy atmosphere in the restaurants helps to raise the spirits further. This is the China that I love to experience, with everybody sat round the tables merrily chatting, eating, and drinking after a hard day’s grind at the office. Nothing can beat it!

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Robots and taxes: how to fund the universal basic income?

One of the most daunting challenges of introducing a Universal Basic Income is figuring out how to fund it. If millions of people are going to be thrown out of work by automation and AI, government budgets will already be hit by the double-whammy of a precipitous decline in tax revenues caused by a dramatic rise in unemployment combined with a huge increase in expenditures to cover the resulting additional welfare costs. Where would the money come from to fund such a significant new initiative at the same time? Continue reading Robots and taxes: how to fund the universal basic income?

A fundamental contadiction in the AI narrative

There is a fundamental contradiction driving much of the AI narrative. On the one hand, it is argued that AI will usher in a golden age of wealth and prosperity by making manufacturing, distribution, and engagement processes much more efficient than ever before thanks to the magic of algorithms. On the other hand, however, there are growing concerns that AI will end up destroying vast numbers of blue-collar and white-collar jobs that up to now have been immune from the forces of automation. Continue reading A fundamental contadiction in the AI narrative

Touching one’s heart with your heart: Kai-Fu Li on AI

Will the emergence of AI herald a new golden era of prosperity in which humans lounge by the poolside sipping cocktails while intelligent machines cater to their every whim and need? Or will it lead to the destruction of civilization and turn the hapless survivors into slaves of the machines? Continue reading Touching one’s heart with your heart: Kai-Fu Li on AI