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#500daysofAI after 20 days

Writing One Article Each Day About Artificial Intelligence

There seems to be an arms race or friendly match between nations to develop the most advanced artificial intelligence. This is equally confusing and fascinating.

Why write for 500 days about AI?

Artificial intelligence is a fascinating field that includes and touches upon so many areas within scientific research and increasingly is expressed in applications within society. As such it is not truly one topic and I decided to scratch the surface of what the technology could do as well as how it connects with society. This is quite a complementary pursuit to my eclectic academic interests that lie within anthropology, management, political science and computer science.

  • I have received 1,690 views, 662 reads and 43 fans. I realise that must be a modest number, however I am very happy to start getting feedback on my writing and be part of a community of writers.
  • Out of the articles I wrote Medium curators selected six (five in artificial intelligence and one in environment) which means they appear and are promoted within the respective category on the site.
  • Over these days I have additionally been fortunate to be published in The Startup with four articles; Towards Data Science (TDS Team) with one article; in Becoming Human with one article; and in AI Social Research with one article.
  • Perhaps the best of all I have read so many wonderful articles by Medium members this last month. Amongst those which I recommend to follow from the top of my head is: Rama Ramakrishnan, Stanislas Chaillou, Mutale Nkonde, Michael Burkhardt, Daniel Shapiro, PhD, Jeremie Harris, Jacobo Elosua.

What do I plan doing going forward?

Since I am on day 20 I have realised three things in particular:

  1. Writing about AI means to a much larger extent spending more time writing code — as in programming. Experimenting with this in articles is exciting going forward!
  2. In the 480 days I can structure milestones, goals and timeframes to a larger extent. Deciding on focal points for a specific time period.

Short-term and Long-term Goals for #500daysofAI

A project such as this requires constant thinking and calibration in the present. Yet one of the unique skills that humans have is to think or plan ahead (although we fail at this often). Since this is day 20 perhaps the time has come for a few loose goals relating to this big goal.

  1. Increasing skills related to my academic interest such as writing and becoming more comfortable with text. Presenting my findings in a structured manner that provides for a good reading experience. Find the first writing competition in which I can participate.
  1. Write my first book about artificial intelligence within the next 250 days. It does not have to be extensive or complex, rather as a discussion point introducing thoughts related to social science and AI.
  2. Write an article for a large established media publication online within the next 500 days (1M readers+) as a contributor. Examples could be Fast Company, Forbes, HuffPost, MIT Technology Review, TechCrunch, Wired etc.
  1. AI and sustainable cities
  2. Funding ethical AI
  3. Patents in the field of AI
  4. AI for good and AI for Bad
  5. AI governance in Argentina and Uruguay
  6. Writers in the field of AI
  7. Scandinavian AI Strategies
  8. Social science and AI
  9. #1 milestone with 10 reflections
  10. AI in property technology
  11. Inequalities and AI
  12. Artificial Intelligence and religion
  13. AI contextual awareness
  14. Critiquing algorithms
  15. AI assisting scientific research
  16. Digital insecurities surrounding AI and blockchain
  17. Artificial Intelligence in Switzerland
  18. Water and artificial intelligence
  19. Artificial intelligence and music
  20. #2 milestone with plans and goals (you are here)

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AI Policy and Ethics at www.nora.ai. Student at University of Copenhagen MSc in Social Data Science. All views are my own. twitter.com/AlexMoltzau

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