Insights: 5 Myths about Artificial Intelligence

Robert Atkinson of Think Tank ITIF Talks about Current Myths of Artificial Intelligence

We talk with Robert Atkinson of ITIF on the 5 myths of Artificial Intelligence
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If you are a believer in a1st and 4th of  Kranzberg’s Laws of Technology where "Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral." and "Although technology might be a prime element in many public issues, nontechnical factors take precedence in technology-policy decisions." These laws could apply how one could look at Artificial Intelligence or AI.  In the news recently, from Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk citing the grave fears of AI development, we look at the opposite side of the coin, that slowing down technological development of Artificial Intelligence could hurt our society in the benefits that it can bring us.

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!

Here are the the current AI Myths that Robert debunks in the 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.

If you like even more read the one-pager or download report.


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