• The Digital Speaker series EP08: The Tech Journal - OpenAI, Ethics in AI and Protein Folding

    Hello everyone and welcome to the Tech Journal. My name is Mark van Rijmenam, and I am The Digital Speaker. In this series, I send my digital twin into cyberspace, bringing you the latest and greatest in digital innovation. From blockchain and crypto to quantum computing and AI, I take a closer look at what these digital breakthroughs mean for our personal and professional lives. But before I do, what am I covering on today's show? First, we will have a look at what our good friends at OpenAI have been working on since the release of GPT-3. I want to explore CLIP and Dall-E, neural [...]

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    The Tech Journal EP04 - Interview with Jeff Herbst, NVIDIA

    Welcome to the 4th episode of The Tech Journal. My name is Mark van Rijmenam, and I am The Digital Speaker. In this series, I project my digital twin into cyberspace to bring you the latest-and-greatest from the digital world. I cover all the latest digital news, from blockchain and crypto to quantum computing and AI. I also always try to take it a step further and look into what these digital innovations mean for our personal and professional lives. That’s why, today we are taking a different approach and I will be interviewing Jeff Herbst, Nvidia Vice President of Business [...]

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    The Impact of MuZero and How AI Could Change Strategy Making

    Until a few years ago, the only AI agent capable of strategy making was OpenAI’s multi-agent system. OpenAI Five was capable of playing the complex strategy game Dota2 at superhuman levels. While the OpenAI Five engineers coded the various features, rules and reward functions of the game, it learned by playing against itself; 180 years per day. It was a remarkable experience in collaboration and strategy making by an AI agent.  Recently, the engineers of Deepmind went a step further in the development of a general-purpose algorithm.  Five years in the making, starting with AlphaGo in[...]

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    Algorithmic Management: What is It (And What’s Next)?

    The growth of the “gig economy” in recent years has revolutionised the way that millions of people work. Proponents argue that the gig economy gives people more flexibility and opportunities and lowers barriers of entry to the labour market, while detractors say that it erodes workplace regulations and standards while encouraging businesses to treat workers as increasingly disposable. No matter which side of the debate you fall on, it’s clear that the gig economy is here to stay. But with more and more people signing up for these flexible and freelance work arrangements, how can [...]

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    AI journalism: possibilities, limitations, and outcomes

    Microsoft made waves this May when it announced that it would lay off more than 50 journalists and editors from its workforce. Many of these employees were involved in the news curation process, selecting hand-picked content that would run on the Microsoft News and MSN websites. But their positions won’t go unfilled for long: Microsoft is expected to replace them not with new hires, but with AI software that can identify trending and interesting articles, essentially performing their old job function. But curation is just one task that AI “journalists” can now accomplish. Kristian [...]

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    The GPT-3 Model: What Does It Mean for Chatbots and Customer Service?

    What is GPT-3? In February 2019, the artificial intelligence research lab OpenAI sent shockwaves through the world of computing by releasing the GPT-2 language model. Short for “Generative Pretrained Transformer 2,” GPT-2 is able to generate several paragraphs of natural language text—often impressively realistic and internally coherent—based on a short prompt. Scarcely a year later, OpenAI has already outdone itself with GPT-3, a new generative language model that is bigger than GPT-2 by orders of magnitude. The largest version of the GPT-3 model has 175 billion parameters, more [...]

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    Why We Need Ethical AI: 5 Initiatives to Ensure Ethics in AI

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has already had a profound impact on business and society. Applied AI and machine learning (ML) are creating safer workplaces, more accurate health diagnoses and better access to information for global citizens. The Fourth Industrial Revolution will represent a new era of partnership between humans and AI, with potentially positive global impact. AI advancements can help society solve problems of income inequality and food insecurity to create a more "inclusive, human-centred future" according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). There is nearly limitless [...]

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    How to Ensure Trust in a Digital World

    We have a trust issue. In our digital world, it has become increasingly difficult to trust each other. Whether it is another person, an organisation or a device, trust is no longer a given online. This is a serious problem for our society and our democracy. If trust is lacking in society, anarchy can be expected. The problem is, the more digital our society becomes, the harder it seems to trust each other. With technology being neutral, it is up to the user to determine whether to apply technology for the good or the bad. For example, artificial intelligence can be used to protect [...]

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    The Top Seven Technology Trends for 2020

    We have reached the end of 2019 and just like in previous years, I am looking ahead to see what organisations can expect next year. 2019 was the year of truth, with many enterprises developing blockchain proof of concepts, Google confirming a quantum supremacy breakthrough and more data breaches with the latest breach containing 1.2 billion records. Now for the 8th year in a row, I offer you my technology predictions for the next year, which I hope will help you prepare for 2020. At the start of this century, 2020 still seemed so far away. To me, it felt that in 2020 we would live in a [...]

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    4 Steps to be Successful with the Digital Transformation of Your Business

    According to McKinsey, data-driven organisations are 23x more likely to acquire customers, 6x more likely to retain customers and 19x more likely to be profitable. Being data-driven is good for business. Therefore, it is not a surprise that one question I always get when advising organisations is how to digitally transform your business and remain relevant in these fast-changing times. My first answer is to tell them that they have to achieve a gestalt shift, where they see their organisation from a different perspective. Instead of looking at your organisation from a product standpoint, [...]

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