Should We Be Worried About Artificial Intelligence?

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By Joe Grist
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With the introduction of personal assistants like Google Home and Amazon Echo, intelligent machines are no longer limited to private research and computing but are instead becoming a part of our everyday lives. This common use of artificial intelligence (AI) brings many things into question. Namely, how intelligent should machines be, and if there is no limit to their intelligence, how should they be regulated? What kind of fail-safes will be put into place? Many leaders in the tech field have asked themselves these questions, and as technology progresses, they find these inquiries more and more critical not only for the safety of individuals but for the preservation of humanity as a whole.

A prime example of oversight—or maybe even intentional ill-will is China’s new facial recognition technology. According to co-founder of Yitu Technologies, Zhu Long, the company’s facial recognition algorithm has logged 1.8…

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