‘Killer AI’ is real. Here’s how we stay safe, sane and strong in a brave new world

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The rapid advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) has been nothing short of remarkable. From health care to finance, AI is transforming industries and has the potential to elevate human productivity to unprecedented levels. However, this exciting promise is accompanied by a looming concern among the public and some experts: the emergence of “Killer AI.” In a world where innovation has already changed society in unexpected ways, how do we separate legitimate fears from those that should still be reserved for fiction?

To help answer questions like these, we recently released a policy brief for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University titled “On Defining ‘Killer AI.'” In it, we offer a novel framework to assess AI systems for their potential to cause harm, an important step towards addressing the challenges posed by AI and ensuring its responsible integration into society.

AI has already shown its transformative power, offering solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems. It enhances medical diagnoses,accelerates scientific research, and streamlines processes across the business world. By automating repetitive tasks, AI frees up human talent to focus on higher-level responsibilities and creativity. 

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