Olson: Artificial intelligence a benefit or a threat?

I’ve been rather fascinated with the idea of automation lately, of how artificial intelligence and robots soon will become more and more prevalent in our lives. In Pittsburgh, self-driving cars began accepting passengers Wednesday. Early in the next decade, Ford said, it will develop a completely autonomous vehicle by 2021. It’s an exciting prospect. A 2015 AAA study found that, on average, Americans drive almost 30 miles each day, about 45 minutes every day. Imagine having all that time to dedicate to something else. Many people might not even bother to own a car any more – as it could be just as easy to summon one from a ride-sharing service. Think of all the people killed or injured in auto accidents because of distracted or impaired drivers. Imagine if…


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