AI = “Terrifying, But Important Questions”

January 4, 2019 by Renee Fischer

How can we maximize the benefits of artificial intelligence while minimizing its threats?

Technology has improved human lives in countless ways, but as the Chinese social control of its Uyghur Muslim population showed, it can be used to constrain and erode human rights and freedoms. Sarah Sewall, a Speyer Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar in the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins SAIS, focuses on the challenges related to the advancement of artificial intelligence and how we can avoid its negative ramifications on society.

“It’s a really exciting and somewhat terrifying but important set of questions to begin grappling with,” says Sewall, a former U.S. under secretary of state.

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