Not even brightest minds in artificial intelligence can tell you how it’s going to change our lives

In 2014, Stanford University launched the One Hundred Year Study, a long-term look into the future of artificial intelligence set to publish a paper every five years. Just two years in, the team released its first report Sept. 1, Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030. The document outlines the history of AI and where its being currently applied, like transportation for self-driving cars and healthcare with surgical robots. It’s an important document not only for the research community, but for policymakers grappling to understand technology that existing laws could be unequipped to handle. The report says evil AI isn’t what people need to anticipate—it’s the unintended consequences of otherwise helpful things AI gives, like the erosion of privacy or displacement of labor. “All new technologies present the possibility for misuse,”…


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