Future Tense Newsletter: Preparing for the A.I. Tidal Wave

Greetings, Future Tensers, “The trajectory of A.I. and its influence on society is only beginning,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella writes in Future Tense this week. Riffing on a prediction Bill Gates made about the internet more than 20 years ago, Nadella anticipates a “tidal wave” of developments in artificial intelligence research. With that prospect in mind, he proposes an array of industry priorities as we move ahead, insisting that we must protect privacy, guard against bias, and aspire for “algorithmic accountability.” In short, he holds, we need to think both ethically and empathically about emerging technologies—and ensure that those technologies can do the same. Advertisement As we’ve seen throughout this month’s Futurography course, driverless cars will almost certainly be one of the most immediate consequences of the A.I. technology that…


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