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October 31, 2017

Deciphering the Minority Report on AI

If Thomas Friedman decides to revise his best seller (The World is Flat) in the future, I think he would include AI/ML as an important disruptor. Per Jeff Bezos, Artificial Intelligence is in its golden age. Jeff calls AI an enabling layer that will improve every business. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Satya Nadella said AI could be a vital driver for growth. Mark Zuckerberg predicts AI to deliver many improvements in our lives in the next 10 years. Google co-founder Sergey Brin says he's 'surprised' by pace of AI and calls it revolutionary.

But not everyone seems to be on the same page. Not Elon Musk for sure. Last year, he compared AI to summoning the demon. This year he went ahead and called it the biggest risk we face as a civilization. While the majority seem to feel positive about AI, it's hard to ignore the minority report, especially when it comes from one of the most respected visionaries in the current times.

So, what is the truth? Is AI really a threat to our existence? Categorizing machines into 4 kinds and evaluating the risks introduced by each of these, I have tried to find an answer to the earlier question.

  1. The flawless clerk
  2. The expert system
  3. The invisible machine
  4. The silicon poet

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