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What the Near Future of Artificial Intelligence Could Be

What the Near Future of Artificial Intelligence Could Be Philosophy & Technology (2019) 32:1–15 https://doi.org/10.1007/s13347-019-00345-y EDITOR LETTER What the Near Future of Artificial Intelligence Could Be 1,2 Luciano Floridi Published online: 19 March 2019 Springer Nature B.V. 2019 1 Introduction Artificial intelligence (AI) has dominated recent headlines, with its promises, challenges, risks, successes, and failures. What is its foreseeable future? Of course, the most accurate forecasts are made with hindsight. But if some cheating is not acceptable, then smart people bet on the uncontroversial or the untestable. On the uncontroversial side, one may mention the increased pressure that will come from law-makers to ensure that AI applications align with socially acceptable expezctations. For example, everybody expects some regula- tory move from the EU, sooner or later. On the untestable side, some people will keep selling catastrophic forecasts, with dystopian scenarios taking place in some future that is sufficiently distant to ensure that the Jeremiahs will not be around to be proven wrong. Fear always sells well, like vampire or zombie movies. Expect more. What is difficult, and may be quite embarrassing later on, is to try to Blook into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not^ (Macbeth, Act I, Scene III), http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy & Technology Springer Journals

What the Near Future of Artificial Intelligence Could Be

Philosophy & Technology , Volume 32 (1) – Mar 19, 2019

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2019 by Springer Nature B.V.
Subject
Philosophy; Philosophy of Technology
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2210-5433
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2210-5441
DOI
10.1007/s13347-019-00345-y
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Philosophy & Technology (2019) 32:1–15 https://doi.org/10.1007/s13347-019-00345-y EDITOR LETTER What the Near Future of Artificial Intelligence Could Be 1,2 Luciano Floridi Published online: 19 March 2019 Springer Nature B.V. 2019 1 Introduction Artificial intelligence (AI) has dominated recent headlines, with its promises, challenges, risks, successes, and failures. What is its foreseeable future? Of course, the most accurate forecasts are made with hindsight. But if some cheating is not acceptable, then smart people bet on the uncontroversial or the untestable. On the uncontroversial side, one may mention the increased pressure that will come from law-makers to ensure that AI applications align with socially acceptable expezctations. For example, everybody expects some regula- tory move from the EU, sooner or later. On the untestable side, some people will keep selling catastrophic forecasts, with dystopian scenarios taking place in some future that is sufficiently distant to ensure that the Jeremiahs will not be around to be proven wrong. Fear always sells well, like vampire or zombie movies. Expect more. What is difficult, and may be quite embarrassing later on, is to try to Blook into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not^ (Macbeth, Act I, Scene III),

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Philosophy & TechnologySpringer Journals

Published: Mar 19, 2019

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