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White House Preparing For The Coming Age of Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. government wants to make use of artificial intelligence, but is wary of the risks.

Colin AboyMay 5th 2016

Moving Forward

Artificial intelligence has the potential to revolutionize the way we live our lives, from driving our own cars, to cooking, to shopping…they may even  take over our jobs (indeed, they already are). Since it is so transformative, of course, it comes with a lot of risks. And it seems that the White House sees the dynamism that A.I. will most likely bring to the table.

The official blog of the White House just announced that the U.S. government wants to implement artificial intelligence to improve its services and help in the daily lives of the country’s citizens, but before they can do that, they need to understand the risks that it poses.

In short, they want to expand artificial intelligence for wider applications—such as in medicine, education, industrial optimization, transportation, and overall safety.

As it is, the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative and the Cancer Moonshot will be making use of this technology to factor in people’s individual differences to create a medical program tailored to individuals, and possibly find solutions to highly specific illnesses. But future implementations will require a lot of conversations beforehand.

The White House. Credit: Reuters

Necessary Precautions

Despite the groundbreaking changes artificial intelligence poses, the White House recognizes that it could be harmfully invasive, among other things—issues related to privacy, boundaries in policies, and job security will play a big role in the development of this technology.

And so, the government wants to talk and engage with the public to understand the pros and the cons that A.I. might have before putting it into actual service.

The White House will be co-hosting four workshops with academic and non-profit organizations to tackle the implications that A.I. might have on society and the economy in the near future (details are on their blog post).

Furthermore, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) is placing a new subcommittee into action, whose job will be to monitor the advances of technology and A.I. and coordinate this with the Federal Government. They will be meeting for the first time next week.

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