In his interview with WIRED Editor-in-Chief Scott Dadich and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito, President Obama said that the government should facilitate a range of research in artificial intelligence. “The way I’ve been thinking about the regulatory structure as AI emerges is that, early in a technology, a thousand flowers should bloom,” he says. “The government should add a relatively light touch, investing heavily in research and making sure there’s a conversation between basic research and applied research.”
That means the government should help provide a path for getting AI into the real world. And once this tech arrives, he says, lawmakers must take a larger role. “As technologies emerge and mature, then figuring out how they get incorporated into existing regulatory structures becomes a tougher problem, and the government needs to be involved a little bit more—not always to force the new technology into the square peg that exists but to make sure the regulations reflect a broad base set of values,” he says. “Otherwise, we may find that it’s disadvantaging certain people or certain groups.” Translation: Make sure that AI doesn’t damage the well-being of low-wage, low-skilled workers, as Obama said later in the conversation. Get the full story on Wired.
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