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Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to technologies that perceive, learn and reason in ways that simulate human cognitive abilities. TAP scholars consider AI’s effects on labor, business, policing, law, medicine, war, free speech, privacy and democracy, and discuss potential solutions to mitigate harms.

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Opinion: The AI We Should Fear Is Already Here

Alas, current AI technologies are not just far from general intelligence; they are not even that good at things that are second nature to humans — such as facial recognition, language comprehension and problem-solving — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, MIT


Daron Acemoglu
Source: The Washington Post
July 21, 2021

Pandemic Wave of Automation May Be Bad News for Workers

If we automated less, we would not actually have generated that much less output but we would have had a very different trajectory for inequality. — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, MIT

 


Daron Acemoglu
Source: The New York Times
July 3, 2021

AI’s Future Doesn’t Have to Be Dystopian

The negative impacts of AI on human labor can far exceed the statistical job losses that are directly accountable to automation. — Kate Crawford, Professor of Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California


Kate Crawford
Source: Boston Review
May 20, 2021

AI’s Future Doesn’t Have to Be Dystopian

When it comes to AI’s effect on the workforce, the real challenge is wages, not jobs. While employment has grown over the past forty years, real wages for Americans with a high school education or less have fallen. — Erik Brynjolfsson, Director of the Stanford Digital Economy Lab, Stanford University

 


Erik Brynjolfsson
Source: Boston Review
May 20, 2021

AI’s Future Doesn’t Have to Be Dystopian

AI can be used to increase human productivity, create jobs and shared prosperity, and protect and bolster democratic freedoms—but only if we modify our approach. — Daron Acemoglu, Professor of Economics, MIT

 


Daron Acemoglu
Source: Boston Review
May 20, 2021

Should Alexa Read Our Moods?

“Using the human body for discriminating among people is something that we should not do.” — Joseph Turow, Professor of Media Systems & Industries, University of Pennsylvania


Joseph Turow
Source: The New York Times
May 19, 2021

Shhhh, They’re Listening – Inside the Coming Voice-Profiling Revolution

“Consider, too, the discrimination that can take place if voice profilers follow some scientists’ claims that it is possible to use an individual’s vocalizations to tell the person’s height, weight, race, gender, and health.” — Joseph Turow, Professor of Media Systems, Annenberg School for Communication


Joseph Turow
Source: Fast Company
May 3, 2021

The EU Is Considering a Ban on AI for Mass Surveillance and Social Credit Scores

“If the proposals are passed, said Tene, it will create a “vast regulatory ecosystem.” — Omer Tene, Vice President, Chief Knowledge Officer, IAPP


Omer Tene
Source: The Verge
April 14, 2021

AI Decoded: France’s Risky Dance with Surveillance

“There is no facial recognition component in the current bill. A devil’s advocate could say once it is adopted, things could change.” — Théodore Christakis, Professor of Law, Université Grenoble Alpes
Theodore Christakis
Source: Politico
December 2, 2020

What Happened to the Deepfake Threat to the Election?

“Deepfake videos and audios could undermine the democratic process by tipping an election.” — Danielle Citron, Professor of Law, Boston University

 


Danielle Citron
Source: Wired
November 16, 2020
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Daron Acemoglu: The Direction of the Future of AI Is in Our Hands

In an article written for Boston Review, MIT economics professor Daron Acemoglu examines the current impact of AI technologies and automation on the economy, society, and democracies; and provides a course of action for redirecting “AI research toward a more productive path.”

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to technologies that perform learning and reasoning in ways that simulate human cognitive abilities.

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SIRI-OUSLY 2.0: What Artificial Intelligence Reveals about the First Amendment

Machines that can actually think are referred to as strong Artificial intelligence (AI). The First Amendment might protect speech by strong AI. Courts focused on the value of speech to listeners and the need to constrain government power will be sympathetic to this view.

By: Margot Kaminski, Helen Norton, Toni M. Massaro