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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is about to control our lives step by step. Not everyone knows this equally, which is both easy and dangerous. It’s easy because even people who don’t know anything about existing technology can benefit from it. But it poses a great risk for the same reason: because we don’t know when, in what way and with the depth of AI in our lives. Those questions were certainly the topic of discussion last week during a day of reflection at Eindhoven Evoluon.
Here is the entire article that colleague Youri van Heumen wrote about it:
Professor Wijnand IJsselsteijn says: “AI can be exploited very easily if it ends up in the wrong hands. So, he says, it’s time to take control of AI. “It is time for lawmakers and the government to draw a line. AI can be as dangerous as we want it to be. How far we let it go is mostly up to us.” (we think this is something Albert Jan Rasker was wondering too…)
According to IJsselsteijn, lack of privacy is a dangerous development: “AI is not defined enough. Because of that lack of transparency, Big Tech companies are profiting from all the information that is collected while no one knows what is happening with that data.” We’re far from there – and there’s no reason to throw the baby out with the bathwater – but awareness is the start of any solution. For that reason, we will continue to publish about the opportunities and risks of artificial intelligence.
For example, read the columns of computer scientist Dr. Katleen Gabriels writes for us here.
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