While computer technology has greatly enhanced our opportunities and means to communicate, it also has allowed anyone so inclined to spy, invade personal privacy, and violate human rights, with little effort in deep obscurity. The United States’ Patriot Act gave government agencies of the US access to millions of private citizens’ data under the pretense of national security. Uproar caused by its expiration in late May 2015, and subsequent reinstatement a few days later, as well as Edward Snowden’s NSA whistleblowing, created a maelstorm of debate about how our information is collected and disseminated. IIIM’s position at the crossroads of academia and industry left it in a unique position to choose: ethical refusal – to cause harm with its research, or status quo – to accept money without complaint. Continue reading IIIM Takes Lead on First Ethics Policy for Peaceful R&D
Reykjavik, Iceland August 31st, 2015 – The Icelandic Institute of Intelligent Machines (IIIM) has formulated the first research policy that repudiates development of technologies intended for military operations. The Ethics Policy for Peaceful R&D outlines founding principles for a strong stance against collaboration with any organization even partially funded by military in the last five years. The policy has been several years in the making and has the support of 100% of the Institute’s employees and Board of Directors. Continue reading IIIM’s New Ethics Policy Aims for Peaceful Use of Artificial Intelligence
Developments and research within the field of artificial intelligence (AI) have been discussed greatly in recent times, especially in the context of how the developments affect modern society and its foundations.
While participating in a newscast program, Spegillinn, on Icelandic radio, Dr. Kristinn R. Thórisson shared his views and expertise in AI where he said that Iceland is in the frontline of developing a machine capable of independent thinking. Continue reading Fact or Fiction: The Perils of the Path to Artificial Intelligence