Monthly Archives: Mar 2019

Interview for The Telegraph

I have been interviewed by The Telegraph (https://www.telegraph.co.uk) about the findings of the Office for National Statistics according to which the number of works at risk of being replaced by AI and technology is decreasing with respect to 2011:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/03/25/rise-robots-fears-overestimated-new-employment-data-reveals/

It has been a good chance to state publicly that we are probably at the end of the hype cycle and it is now time to be more reasonable about the expectations we develop about the potential of AI and related technologies. Here are a few excerpts from the interview where I have been quoted more or less literally:

  • “When something like technology becomes fashionable, there’s a rise in major expectations, we reach a peak and then it comes back down to a more realistic expectation,”
  • “There have been major advancements in technology which have allowed us to do a lot of very good things but not as much as we were promised, so now people understand that all the promises about robots going to take over are not going to happen.”

It is maybe against my interest to be honest about the technologies I investigate, but at the end of the day my job is to serve that truth and not to serve my interests.

Interview for “The Week”

The magazine “The Week” has published an article featuring my comments about the latest release of the office for the statistics according to which the number of jobs at risk of replacement with AI technologies is decreasing:

https://www.theweek.co.uk/100408/automation-could-replace-15-million-uk-jobs

While my opinion is that the number of jobs considered at risk is decreasing because the expectations about AI performance are being revised to become more realistic, the magazine considers that the numbers might be decreasing because a lot of jobs have already been replaced. Probably, the truth is in the middle.

According to its publisher, the online version of the magazine reaches 2.1 million persons per month in the UK.

 

Joining the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing

I have been invited to join the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, the most important publication venue for any researcher investigating technologies dealing with social and affective signals:

https://www.computer.org/csdl/journal/ta/misc/14383?title=About&periodical=IEEE%20Transactions%20on%20Affective%20Computing

After publishing a large number of papers on the journal and benefitting from the great work of many Associate Editors, it is my turn to contribute with the difficult role of discriminating between the works that deserve publication and the others. The impact factor of the journal is 4.58, a value that accounts for the its reputation in the scientific community. With my great pleasure, I have a lot of very good friends among the other members of the Editorial Board.