Diversified Digest: September 18

September 18th, 2017 | posted in: Insights

by: R. Samuel Fraundorf

The revelation of more than 148 million individuals having their personal information breached from Equifax has spurred a great deal of research into what all of this means in today’s electronic age.  Part of the problem is the power of a few digits.  Part of the problem is that most of us are not customers of Equifax, but rather its product.  And the value of our information to criminals is surprisingly low!  If you are one of the 148 million, please read our advice.

There is a line of reasoning that the ability to interrogate an artificial intelligence system is a legal right; the European Union is set to make that a requirement for certain businesses beginning next summer.  The problem is, it actually may be impossible to know why an AI system makes the decisions it does.

Do you remember the legal and ethical questions that surrounded unlocking an iPhone of a suspected terrorist?  With the new Apple iPhone X, the question arises, can police make you look at your phone to unlock it?  It seems that your face or fingerprint is very different legally than a password or a PIN when it comes to the Fifth Amendment.

What does it mean when a country has been able to improve the yield of say potatoes from nine tons per acre, the global average, to more than 20 tons?  Ask Netherlands, the undisputed king in sustainable agriculture.

 


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