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L. David Wise
11 September 2022 - 18:40 PM
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Not a satisfying debate. What does one/humanity do with the answer? Yes, a YES would give some hope...to a few but not to those in power. That was the only…
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Cliff Sloane
4 September 2022 - 19:23 PM
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I was appalled at the poor quality of debate. Daryl could only talk about the US, as though his country was the only one. Daron, who certainly knows better, did…
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Bob Peterson
4 September 2022 - 17:40 PM
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I was very disappointed with the exchanges regarding AI. It quickly devolved into a discussion on social policies. AI is a MUCH more important and far-reaching topic than our social…
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September 2, 2022

Agree to Disagree: Will Artificial Intelligence Do More Harm Than Good?

Is it true that artificial intelligence will do more harm than good? Proponents say it will help us solve problems like climate change and world hunger while eliminating dangerous and mundane jobs. But critics warn that A.I.’s current trajectory is a dangerous one, which will likely concentrate power, reduce jobs, surveil consumers and voters alike, and threaten democracy. What’s more, some people say these conditions are not based on science fiction but are already in the process of afflicting us, given the number of algorithms we engage with on a daily basis. So, could artificial intelligence be used to help solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges and level the playing field, or will it present perils that far outweigh any good it might do?

ABOUT THE DEBATERS
Daron Acemoglu
Daron Acemoglu - Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Acemoglu has taught at MIT since 1993. Ranked third, behind Paul Krugman and Greg Mankiw, in the lis... Read bio
Darrell West
Darrell West - Vice president and Director of Governance Studies at Brookings Institution
West is also Co-Editor-in-Chief of TechTank, and his current research focuses on artificial intellig... Read bio