Thinking About the Thinking Machine

Thinking About the Thinking Machine

In less than a generation, Artificial Intelligence has morphed from a science fiction-relegated fantasy to part of our day-to-day reality — enhancing our ability to learn, work, communicate, travel, and more. Increasingly, AI systems are running highly complex tasks like controlling manufacturing lines and executing trades on US markets. And AI has a huge capacity to impact our world, already outwitting humans in challenges from strategic gaming to medical diagnosis. What is unclear, however, is how prepared we are to react to the consequences of machine intelligence. Can we afford a population displaced by automated work? Is human mastery a thing of the past? Should we yield split-second decisions to unmanned vehicles and autonomous weaponry? What’s the role of regulation as a check to advancements? The pace of change is daunting. How do we design intelligence, and who gets to power the systems that run our world?

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