Artificial intelligence. Robot racism

Artificial intelligence. Robot racism

There is something rather democratic about the robot called Bender (from the TV show Futurama) and his desire to kill all humans. It means he doesn’t seem to care about race, nationality, gender or diet preference; he hates all humans just the same: they are whiny meat bags doomed to a self-inflicted apocalypse.

Bender’s equal opportunity approach seems far removed from today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) – news stories keep popping up about AI failing to treat all humans equally, surprisingly along racial lines. These machines are sexist, racist and they make a lot of mistakes, so much so that it seems we have created autonomous technology that looks more like us than we might like. But how bad is it really?

Dirty tricks to discredit me, says key witness against Zuma

Dirty tricks to discredit me, says key witness against Zuma

Forensic auditor claims that despite KPMG apology there is good evidence that SARS rogue unit did exist.

A senior financial investigator lined up to be a key prosecution witness in the state’s forthcoming corruption trial against former President Jacob Zuma believes there is a political campaign under way to discredit him and get him off the case.

The investigator is forensic auditor Johan van der Walt, the highly-regarded former KPMG partner who led the 30-strong KPMG South Africa team which concluded that an illegal, covert and rogue intelligence unit had operated within the South African Revenue Service.

Last September KPMG International sensationally ordered the withdrawal of the report’s findings and conclusions and in the aftermath, nine of the firm’s senior South African executives, including CEO Trevor Hoole and head of forensics Herman de Beer, were forced to resign.

If it smells of state capture...

If it smells of state capture...

Be careful who you work for. It took me almost four months, and two rounds in the Small Claims Court to get paid R5,500 by Denel contractor Yaha Designs for the editorial work I did for the March edition of Denel’s monthly newsletter.

Yaha Designs is a “PR media relations” company that Denel contracted at the end of last year to produce their newsletters, although it’s immediately apparent from its website, www.yaha.co.za, that their only real offering is litho and digital printing, which in any event, is outsourced.

When the ANC's monopoly goes

When the ANC's monopoly goes

South Africa’s political system is designed for coalition government, argues political analyst Leon Schreiber in a new book.

South Africans should brace themselves for a seismic shift in the political landscape: Welcome to Coalition Country! New political groupings and alliances are about to replace the dominance of a single party – long enjoyed by both the ANC and the National Party before it.

This political transformation could take place as soon as next year, should the ANC win less than 51% in the 2019 general election, rendering it powerless to govern on its own. What is more, the ANC will be “woefully unprepared” for the coalition era, says political analyst and commentator Dr Leon Schreiber in his provocative new book Coalition Country – South Africa and the ANC.

Dirty secret behind Norway's clean energy

Dirty secret behind Norway's clean energy

The happiest and most democratic country in the world funds its very green power by selling its plentiful fossil fuels to the rest of us.

In Norway, the discussion around det grønne skiftet – the green shift – focuses on a completely different set of issues than in most other countries. Because not only is Norway the most highly developed, happiest and most democratic country in the world, it’s also one of the greenest: 98% of its electricity comes from renewable sources (almost entirely hydropower). It also has the largest share of electric car use in the world and ranks third among rich countries for its low carbon-intensive economy, behind only Sweden and Switzerland.

Berlin and beyond. Broken promised lands

Berlin and beyond. Broken promised lands

Berlin in late April, sunny in a wintry way, a spritz of rain, a South African Australian wrestling with a lifetime’s demons: sweetly, many of the particularities of my Cape Town childhood are there – the milk-rice my mother made my German father as a treat, for example, was echoed in the supermarket, milchreis, milchreis everywhere, and the men’s manicure sets he was partial to and kept in his bedside table were there, at the Sunday neighbourhood flea market. But at the flea market too, were some people of a certain age (I found myself doing the calculations all the time) selling antique jewellery, and I wondered where it came from. Contradictions, loving the language of the émigré who bought their salt pretzels from the German bakery in Cape Town, but shuddering still at its associations.

Breaking News (14 June 2018) ‘Frankel 8’ obtain landmark ConCourt judgement

If he were still alive, stockbroker Sidney Frankel - accused of being a paedophile - might have been picking a matching pair of socks to take to the slammer. This after a landmark Constitutional Court judgement removed the 20-year prescription for sexual offence cases on Thursday morning (14 June 2018).

 


 
The Crocodile's QwaQwa kerfuffle

The Crocodile's QwaQwa kerfuffle

Cadiz chairman calls Investec CEO a thief and QwaQwa k****r for allegedly misappropriating shares worth R46m. Investec man counters, claiming his Cadiz colleague stole R1.9m dividend and charges him with crimen injuria. ...
 
Artificial intelligence. Robot racism

Artificial intelligence. Robot racism

There is something rather democratic about the robot called Bender (from the TV show Futurama) and his desire to kill all humans. It means he doesn’t seem to care about race, nationality, gender ...

Dirty tricks to discredit me, says key witness against Zuma

Dirty tricks to discredit me, says key witness against Zuma

Forensic auditor claims that despite KPMG apology there is good evidence that SARS rogue unit did exist. A senior financial investigator lined up to be a key prosecution witness in the state’s forthcoming corruption trial ...

If it smells of state capture...

If it smells of state capture...

Be careful who you work for. It took me almost four months, and two rounds in the Small Claims Court to get paid R5,500 by Denel contractor Yaha Designs for the editorial work ...

When the ANC's monopoly goes

When the ANC's monopoly goes

South Africa’s political system is designed for coalition government, argues political analyst Leon Schreiber in a new book. South Africans should brace themselves for a seismic shift in the political landscape: Welcome to Coalition ...

Dirty secret behind Norway's clean energy

Dirty secret behind Norway's clean energy

The happiest and most democratic country in the world funds its very green power by selling its plentiful fossil fuels to the rest of us. In Norway, the discussion around det grønne skiftet ...

Berlin and beyond. Broken promised lands

Berlin and beyond. Broken promised lands

Berlin in late April, sunny in a wintry way, a spritz of rain, a South African Australian wrestling with a lifetime’s demons: sweetly, many of the particularities of my Cape Town childhood are ...