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How to Turn NPR Fans Into Artificial Intelligence Cynics

How to Turn NPR Fans Into Artificial Intelligence Cynics

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At a debate Wednesday night co-hosted by Intelligence Squared US and the 92 Street Y in New York City, a largely white, middle-aged audience was easily convinced that the supposed bright future of artificial intelligence is perhaps not all that it's cracked up to be.

The nonprofit debate series, syndicated as a podcast on NPR, works something like this: Before the debate begins, the audience votes in favor of the motion, against the motion, or as undecided. Last night's motion, 'Don'€™t Trust The Promises of Artificial Intelligence', was affirmed by 30 percent of the audience and negated by 41 percent at the start of the debate. A whopping 29 percent were undecided, indicating they knew little about the topic beforehand. Votes weren'€™t just cast by the live audience, but also by viewers online.