During the week of January 22nd, I’ve had the opportunity to write a few articles for VentureBeat. My articles have covered a variety of topics. I’ve also been lucky enough to interview Kyle Wiggers.
Besides his job as a reporter at TechCrunch, Kyle Wiggers has a special interest in artificial intelligence. He has studied the best artificial intelligence algorithms, and how companies are using them to solve their problems. He is also an ardent follower of new technology and a savvy consumer of the latest products. He lives in Brooklyn with his partner and dabbles in music occasionally. One of the most important tasks of his life is balancing work and family. He knows he can only achieve this if he is happy. For this reason, he makes sure to keep his balance with the occasional cocktail and a good night’s sleep. In his spare time, he enjoys reading a good book and writing about artificial intelligence and technology in general.
Earlier this year, I wrote a piece for Wiggers Adventure Beat, a blog that features a variety of writers. It was a brief introduction to the life and work of Wiggers, director of the Critical Craft Studies program at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.
Wiggers was born in Muscatine, IA, in 1928. He was the first of his community to attend college, and was a graduate of Iowa State University in 1953. He served in the Army Corps of Engineers in Germany, and had a lifelong interest in art history and craft. His research focuses on the aesthetics of everyday life, including the relationship between craft and South Asian immigrants. He was the first to coin the term “craftscape” for social objects that have narratives and histories.
Wiggers is working on a craft-oriented dissertation. Rather than caring whether or not craft can reach the status of “art”, he wants to move beyond the traditional craft/art divide. His research examines the anthropological aesthetics of everyday life. This includes the ways that South Asian immigrants transform American homes. Currently, Wiggers lives with his wife, Boris, in Sammanish, WA, and his daughters, Tracy and Jane, live in Calgary, CAN. Boris’ parents, Bruce and Tracy Wiggers, live in Calgary, CAN.
Some organizations are looking to develop a risk management framework that can help ensure the deployment of AI in a safe and sustainable manner. While the government may be the leading authority on tech policy, private companies can also adopt a systematic approach to addressing risks related to AI.
Some research projects are working on ways to harness AI to drive societal change. For example, a Montreal AI Ethics Institute has proposed a framework to quantify the social impact of AI. And, another researcher is using AI-generated images to help visualize climate change In addition, governments may want to consider adopting a systematic approach to addressing risks associated with AI. In particular, they may want to follow guidelines from entities such as the United Nations. For instance, the European Union issued comprehensive AI regulations in 2021. Specifically, .