Insights: 5 Myths about Artificial Intelligence
Robert Atkinson of Think Tank ITIF Talks about Current Myths of Artificial Intelligence
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We had a great opportunity to talk with ITIF President Robert Atkinson, who released a report which debunks these and other prevailing myths about AI that, if left unchecked, could undermine the technology’s progress. Atkinson suggests that to avoid slowing progress, policymakers should proceed on the assumption that AI will be fundamentally good, and while it may present some risks—as most new technologies do—we should focus on addressing those risks if and when they arise, rather than slowing the technology. He also urges policymakers to significantly increase support for research and development on AI, including on making AI more powerful and effective, but also safer, more secure, and more transparent. Check out our insightful interview!
1. Myth: AI will destroy most jobs.
2. Myth: Smart machines will take over and potentially exterminate the human race.
3. Myth: AI will make us stupid.
4. Myth: AI will destroy our privacy.
5. Myth: AI will enable bias and abuse.
“We should embrace future possibilities with optimism, because the cost of not developing artificial intelligence—or developing it more slowly—would be enormous. We could face lower growth in per-capita incomes, slower progress in areas such as health care and the environment, and reduced quality improvement in a wide array of public and private goods and services. Rather than give in to fear, policymakers should be doing everything possible to accelerate the progress of AI innovation and the countless benefits it will bring.” - Robert Atkinson
If you want to learn more about the ITIF Report "It's Going to Kill Us!" and Other Myths About the Future of Artificial Intelligence" that this interview is citing read the summary here or download executive summary.
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