From Russia with Love: Time for serious work on the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence

The following introduction is an excerpt from a just published blog at Sciblogs that examines the role of AI in society and democracy. Read the full article here

Transformative advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have generated much hype and a burst of dialogue in New Zealand. Past technological change has led to adaptation, but adaptation takes time and the pace with which AI is arriving appears to be accelerating. For example, recent news about the unfolding ‘Russia Investigation’ may be just a prelude to what is possible if AI tools hijack our social systems.

Technology offers us opportunities to do things we previously could not, but in doing so the use of technology also changes us, and it changes the systems and norms of society.

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