Calum Chace

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Calum Chace, columnist, is an author and speaker on artificial intelligence. Calum writes about how, in the course of this century, AI will change pretty much everything about being human. Calum’s books - ”The Economic Singularity" addresses the coming wave of cognitive automation; ”Surviving AI" looks further ahead to the arrival of strong AI, (aka human-level AI, or artificial general intelligence) which will lead to superintelligence; and "Pandora's Brain" is a novel about the first superintelligence on earth.

In Calum's 30-year business career, he's worked in, and consulted to, hundreds of businesses. He began his career with the BBC, then BP, and later worked as a strategy consultant with KPMG. Calum has also founded and helped to run a series of entrepreneurial businesses.  


4 weeks 1 day ago
In the last few years, the computer scientists and entrepreneurs who fuel Silicon Valley have gone through a bewildering series of transformations.  Once upon a time, they were ostracised nerds.  Then they were the lovable geeks of the Big Bang Theory TV show, and for a short while, they were superheroes.  (In case you’re wondering, geeks wonder what sex in zero gravity is like; nerds wonder what sex is like.)  Then it all went wrong, and now they are the tech bros; the anti-heroes in the dystopian saga of…

2 months 2 weeks ago
Disagreements that suggest profound differences of philosophy sometimes turn out to be merely a matter of timing: the parties don't disagree about whether a thing will happen or not, they just disagree over how long it will take. For instance, timing is at the root of apparently fundamental differences of opinion about the technological singularity. Elon Musk is renowned for his warnings about superintelligence: “With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon. You know all those stories where…

7 months 1 week ago
Amid all the talk of robots and artificial intelligence stealing our jobs, there is one industry that is benefiting mightily from the dramatic improvements in AI: the AI ethics industry. Members of the AI ethics community are very active on Twitter and the blogosphere, and they congregate in real life at conferences in places like Dubai and Puerto Rico. Their task is important: they want to make the world a better place, and there is a pretty good chance that they will succeed, at least in part. But have…

9 months 2 weeks ago
BUY “Read The Economic Singularity if you want to think intelligently about the future.” Aubrey de Grey Artificial intelligence (AI) is overtaking our human ability to absorb and process information. Robots are becoming increasingly dextrous, flexible, and safe to be around (except the military ones!).  It is our most powerful technology, and you need to understand it. This new book from best-selling AI writer Calum Chace argues that within a few decades, most humans will not be able to work for money.  …

9 months 2 weeks ago
Here, CogWorld Contributor Jayshree Pandya, Ph.D., interviews best-selling author and speaker Calum Chace, who happens to be a CogWorld contributor, too. Dr. Pandya has interviewed over 170 thought leaders in her Risk Roundup Series. CogWorld is pleased about out new partnership with Risk Roundup. More details to come.  

10 months ago
By Calum Chace  |  December 18, 2018  | Source: CogWorld in FORBES Self-driving cars – or Autos, as I hope we’ll call them – passed several important milestones in 2018, and they will pass several more in 2019. The big one came at the end of the year, on December 5th: Google’s Autos spin-out Waymo launched the world’s first commercial self-driving taxi service, open to citizens in Phoenix, Arizona, who are not employees of the company and not bound by confidentiality agreements.   This service,…

1 year ago
By Calum Chace |  September 29, 2018  |  Source: CogWorld on FORBES “It was Facebook wot dunnit.” Select the unpleasantness of your choice, and Facebook is almost certainly being blamed for it by someone, and probably a lot of someones. Also in the dock are YouTube and Twitter, with Instagram and Snapchat lurking about, keeping their heads down and hoping that nobody notices them. The charge sheet is long. Facebook and the other social media have shortened our attention spans, leaving us easy prey to…

1 year 1 month ago
Image credit: Depositphotos enhanced by CogWorld Powerful new technologies can produce great benefits, but they can often produce great harm. Artificial intelligence is no exception. People have numerous concerns about AI, including privacy, transparency, security, bias, inequality, isolation, oligopoly, and killer robots. One which perhaps gets less attention than it deserves is algocracy.  Decisions about the allocation of resources are being made all the time in societies, on scales both large and…

1 year 5 months ago
By Calum Chace  |  April 27, 2018 The media today is full of stories about artificial intelligence, and there is universal agreement that it is a very big deal. But ironically, most people are not paying close attention.  This is probably because the stories are confused and confusing.  Some say that robots will take all our jobs and then turn into murderous Terminators. Others say that is all hype, and there is much less going on than meets the eye. And so most people shudder slightly, shrug their…

1 year 7 months ago
By Calum Chace  |  March 9, 2018 One out of three ain’t good Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a fashionable policy idea comprising three elements: it is universal, it is basic, and it is an income.  Unfortunately, two of these elements are unhelpful, and to paraphrase Meatloaf, one out of three ain’t good.   The giant sucking sound The noted economist John Kay dealt the edifice of UBI a serious blow in May 2016 in an article (here; paywall) for the FT.  He returned to his target a year later (here) and…

2 years 5 months ago
By Calum Chace  |  Source Klaus Schwab is a clever man. After a rapid ascent through the ranks of German commercial life, he founded the World Economic Foundation (WEF) in 1971. The WEF is best known for organising a five-day annual meeting of the global business and political elite at the ski resort of Davos in Switzerland. He has a list of awards and honorary doctorates as long as your arm. Industrie 4.0 Schwab has done much to popularise the notion that we are entering a fourth industrial…