Artificial intelligence (AI) thinkers seem to emerge from two communities: the blue-sky visionaries who speculate about the future possibilities of the technology and the muddy-boots pragmatists who are problem- and solution-focused.
While the futuristic thinking of the blue-sky speculators sparks our awe and earns much of the funding, muddy-boots thinking reminds us that some AI applications threaten privacy; spread misinformation; and are decidedly racist, sexist, and otherwise ethically dubious. The caution and practicality of the muddy-boots camp will benefit humanity in the short and long run by ensuring diversity and equality in the development of the algorithms that increasingly run our day-to-day lives.
From Scientific American
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