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We Need to Talk About How Good AI Is Getting

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It is a cliché, in the world of artificial intelligence (AI), to say things like, "we need to have a societal conversation about AI risk." There are already plenty of Davos panels, TED talks, think tanks and A.I. ethics committees out there, sketching out contingency plans for a dystopian future.

What is missing is a shared, value-neutral way of talking about what today's AI systems are actually capable of doing and what specific risks and opportunities those capabilities present.

From The New York Times
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