There are differning views about AI and its usefulness. At one side is entrepreneur Elon Musk who has warned that artificial intelligence could become humanity’s “biggest existential threat.” At the other side is the more optimistic view of futurist Ray Kurzweil who believes that AI can help us make “major strides in addressing the world’s major challenges.”
The truth is, it all depends on how we manage the transition to an era of AI, and how we choose the impact of AI in our lives. To fulfil the promise of AI as a new factor that can reignite economic growth, relevant stakeholders must be thoroughly prepared—intellectually, technologically, politically, ethically, socially—to address the challenges that arise as artificial intelligence becomes more integrated in our lives. The starting point is understanding the complexity of the issues.
Nonetheless, the spread of AI will be limited to useful applications unless and until we can build systems that people bond with and want to have as part of their lives. Once we can build such systems-which must necessarily be able to understand human motivations, needs, and tastes-people will readily spread AI.