Guest commentary: The real threat of artificial intelligence

Workplace automation and dwindling jobs are the real danger, says Daniel Weld. (Photo via Shutterstock). Many people find recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) quite alarming. Indeed, luminaries, ranging from Nobel laureate Stephen Hawking to technology pioneers Elon Musk and Bill Gates, have warned that artificial intelligence technology might be more dangerous to humankind than the atomic bomb.Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrum has argued that an “intelligence explosion” may lead to the extinction of humanity at the hands of rampant robots. These arguments distract us from the large and more imminent threat — seismic loss of jobs, surging unemployment, and potentially calamitous social strife. This week, when the White House launches a sequence of workshops studying the future of AI, they should focus on the real dangers, not imaginary ones. The…


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