Women’s rights mean coming to the table ‘as you are, knitting needles in hand’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 17, 2021


/ TAKE UP ONE IDEA Two of the more interesting ideas on gender equity have emerged from Europe, more specifically, from the European Commission’s executive vice-president Margrethe Vestager. Politico recently reported that Ms Vestager has been calling for a gender perspective on tech regulation. That’s because if the current, “very non-diverse community” builds Artificial Intelligence … Continue reading “Women’s rights mean coming to the table ‘as you are, knitting needles in hand’”

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An AI breakthrough that may mean curtains for poets, journalists…and me

by Rashmee

Posted on July 23, 2020 / The Focus


I was very taken by economics professor Tyler Cowen’s recent rundown on an Artificial Intelligence (AI) breakthrough that will allow computers to offer services we would normally expect from a reasonably well-educated writer. Cowen described GPT-3, the third generation of language prediction model, as follows: “GPT-3 can converse at a conceptual level, translate language, answer … Continue reading “An AI breakthrough that may mean curtains for poets, journalists…and me”

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Novacene. Is a new era of super-clever machines about to begin?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 5, 2019


On the Fourth of July, James Lovelock, eminent scientist, inventor and formulator of the Gaia hypothesis, published a new book. It’s titled Novacene and looks ahead to the end of the “anthropocene” era. Humans, Mr Lovelock, suggests, will be overtaken in cleverness by their computer progeny and the “novacene” era will begin. The “cyborgs”, as Mr Lovelock … Continue reading “Novacene. Is a new era of super-clever machines about to begin?”

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Are they trying to scare us or is this Man Machine stuff for real?

by Rashmee

Posted on February 2, 2019


The inventor Elon Musk recently told Axios that humans have to merge with machines in order to overcome the “existential threat” posed by artificial intelligence (AI). Mr Musk, who is CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, said AI is “just digital intelligence” and by its very nature, it is bound to exceed “biological intelligence… as the … Continue reading “Are they trying to scare us or is this Man Machine stuff for real?”

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Davos and the Arab project

by Rashmee

Posted on January 28, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


The talkathon-cum-thinkfest that blazed to an end on January 26 at Davos had more leaders and executives from the Arab world in attendance than at any time since it began. The World Economic Forum, to give the high-achievers’ annual conclave its proper name, has been around in one form or the other since 1971. This … Continue reading “Davos and the Arab project”

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Did you know Iran has the very best brains on artificial intelligence? Google it

by Rashmee

Posted on November 10, 2017


On November 1, Google basically questioned the intelligence of anyone who wants to ban artificial intelligence experts from Iran and elsewhere from entering the United States. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, was the keynote speaker at a day-long Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Summit organised by the Center … Continue reading “Did you know Iran has the very best brains on artificial intelligence? Google it”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK