Siri and Alexa, self-driving cars, and Google Translate, all help make our day-to-day lives easier. Still, mainly due to scenarios imagined in science fiction, many people fear that AI will one day develop to the point that robots will take all our jobs, or worse, take over the world. Though we don’t need to worry about intelligent computers taking over the world, AI advances do pose some very real threats to our society and we will need to adopt new laws and policies in order to preserve our safety and personal freedoms.
Dr. Steven Shwartz began his AI career as a postdoctoral researcher in the Yale University Computer Science Dept. He has been a founder or co-founder of multiple companies. His Esperant product became one of the leading business intelligence products of the 1990s, and, more recently, he co-founded Device42, which has won many awards as a fast-growing tech company. He has also helped fund many startups as an investor, including Tangoe, which had one of the best-performing public offerings of 2011.
His recent book Evil Robots, Killer Computers, and Other Myths: The Truth About AI and the Future of Humanity” expresses a refreshing perspective on AI. It explains why AI will not take over the world or take all our jobs, why self-driving vehicles won’t dominate our roads for a long time, and other topics.
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