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Our knowledge of how automated agents interact is rather poor (and that could be a problem)

Our knowledge of how automated agents interact is rather poor (and that could be a problem)

Recent years have seen a huge increase in the number of bots online — including search engine Web crawlers, online customer service chat bots, social media spambots, and content-editing bots in online collaborative communities like Wikipedia. (Bots are important contributors to Wikipedia, completing about 15% of all Wikipedia edits in 2014 overally, and more than […]

The Future of Europe is Science — and ethical foresight should be a priority

The EC recently took stock of European achievements in science, engineering, technology and innovation (SETI) during the last 10 years, at the high-level conference “The Future of Europe is Science”. Keynote speaker Luciano Floridi highlights three particularly significant features of the resulting report: that the report treats science and technology as equally important and intertwined; that contrary to our expectations, citizens do not consider the protection of personal data to be a high priority for SET in the next 15 years; and that ethical foresight “should also be a priority”.

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