Why AI matters: Six reasons you should give a fig

Right now there are a few other macro-preoccupations that deserve our attention. Nonetheless, whilst we’re busy dealing with these, AI advancement proceeds apace. Here’s six reasons why each of us should give a fig.

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  1. AI will reshape industries and the role of public vs. private
  2. AI will shape the future of employment
  3. AI will be a critical tool in the toolbox needed to address the mega-issues facing humanity
  4. AI will help us understand ourselves better and force us to think more clearly about who we are
  5. AI risks are real
  1. Our World in Data. Sector by sector: where do global greenhouse gas emissions come from? September 2020. https://ourworldindata.org/ghg-emissions-by-sector
  2. D. Rolnick et al. Tackling climate change with machine learning. arXiv:1906.05433v2. 2019
  3. B.A. Richards, et al. A deep learning framework for neuroscience. Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 22, p1761–1770, 2019
  4. R. Rodogno and M. Nørskov. The automation of ethics: The case of self-driving cars. 2019
  5. M. Kosinsky. Facial recognition technology can expose political orientation from naturalistic facial images. Nature, Scientific Reports volume 11, Article number 100. 2021

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