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🦾 New AI Commission
One Sunday evening not so long ago, the phone rang. I was in the car about to pick up books for the book release. I didn't recognize the number and thought it was probably a telemarketer, but for some reason, I answered anyway.
"Hello Mathias, this is Carl-Henric Svanberg."
Hmm, I thought, there's only one Carl-Henric Svanberg I know of. The one who was the CEO of telecom company Ericsson, chairman of BP and now chair of Volvo.
But why would he call me on a Sunday evening?!
It turned out that the Prime Minister had asked him to lead Sweden's new AI Commission, and he now wanted to ask me if I would consider being one of the ten members.
I immediately said yes and let out a few "YES!" (after we hung up.)
AI is a huge opportunity not just for us as individuals or for companies and organizations, but also for countries. I would like to contribute to seizing these opportunities and help Sweden avoid falling into the AI doomsday swamp.
I invite you to follow the commission's work (we have already had the first meeting) and I welcome input, thoughts, and opinions on the issues we handle. It is a Swedish commission, but the questions are equally relevant for other countries and cities around the world.
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A look into the work of the Swedish National AI Commission and why every country should quickly become a centaur nation.
💡 Musings of the Angry Optimist: Things that will end up in the pessimist archive
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Fact-based optimistic news of the week
🌞 Solar power has seen a remarkable increase in capacity worldwide - and that is just the beginning
In 2010 it took an average of a month to install one gigawatt of solar capacity. By 2015, this pace quickened to a week, and in 2023, it is expected to exceed one gigawatt per day.
📱 Study: No impact of screen time on children's brain development
An extensive study on the relationship between digital screen engagement and childhood brain development goes against a widely held belief about the harmful effects of screen time on young minds.
👩💻 New studies: No negative mental health impact from internet and social media
Contrary to widespread concerns, recent studies suggest that the global adoption of internet has not led to negative psychological outcomes.
🦾 Deepmind's AI discovers millions of new materials
Traditionally, the discovery of new materials, particularly inorganic crystal materials, has been a slow and meticulous process fraught with trial-and-error experimentation. But now AI is catapulting this field forward.
⚡ World's first fourth-generation nuclear reactor starts up
Commercial operations have started at a new generation nuclear reactor that is the first of its kind in the world.
🦾 The Angry Optimist appointed member of the Swedish government's AI commission
The Swedish government has established an AI commission, announced by Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson. It is led by former Ericsson CEO, Carl-Henric Svanberg, with Warp News editor-in-chief, Mathias Sundin, as a member.
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