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Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to change the world but not necessarily in ways you imagine. Kathryn Hume of Fast Forward Labs debunks five misconceptions about AI. She offers detailed explanations of how false beliefs have shaped its development and influence thus far, why the beliefs are problematic, and why a more truthful understanding of AI’s possibilities and limitations is important for unlocking its full potential. getAbstract recommends this article to entrepreneurs and business leaders working on or with AI technologies.

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Kathryn Hume is the director of sales and marketing at Fast Forward Labs, a machine intelligence research company.



The “collective fictions” the public believes about artificial intelligence (AI) and its potential role in society, arguably, drive the technology’s development. But tolerating misconceptions about AI’s possibilities can cause more harm than good and obscure the actual issues AI may create. Five commonly held false beliefs about AI include:

  1. That AI will bring about “the end of work” – AI won’t end human work any time soon. AI uses statistics and data to produce probabilities. But people don’t like uncertainty. Thus, before AI can fully flourish in the workplace, people must learn to embrace a more “...

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