Artificial intelligence (AI) enables Facebook to target ads and curate news feeds; it powers Microsoft and Apple’s digital assistants, and Google’s search engine is highly dependent on the technology. AI is already entrenched in many peoples’ daily lives whether they realize it or not, but is it dangerous? SpaceX founder Elon Musk has emerged as AI’s most vocal critic – warning that it constitutes the “biggest existential threat” to humankind. But as journalist Maureen Dowd’s survey of some of the leading voices on the issue reveals, not everybody shares Musk’s apocalyptic vision. If the prospect of AI keeps you up at night, getAbstract believes you’ll find her essay to be food for thought.
About the Author
Maureen Dowd is a columnist for The New York Times.