You may still think of artificial intelligence (AI) as belonging only in sci-fi movies, but the fact is it鈥檚 very much alive and well in our world. Well 鈥 not exactly聽alive. But, you know. It exists. One big example is self-driving cars, but there are many other areas where AI is present as well.

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President Obama recently had聽an interview with聽Wired about the perils of AI, and his outlook was kinda bleak. He fears that the rapid growth of AI will displace lots of jobs, and not just the ones聽we think: even doctors and other high-skilled professionals聽aren鈥檛 necessarily safe. The reason for this is that a lot of the jobs we regard as high-level have tasks聽that are easily repeatable. In other words, tasks that a computer could easily pull off.聽According to our POTUS, in聽order for us to stop underpaying聽those who聽have a super hard job that computers can鈥檛 do well,聽like teachers聽and other professionals, we have to聽鈥渞eexamine what we value; what we are collectively willing to pay for.鈥

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However, the President鈥檚 predictions aren鈥檛 all bad.聽Our POTUS says,聽鈥淚 tend to be on the optimistic side 鈥 historically we鈥檝e absorbed new technologies, and people find that new jobs are created, they migrate, and our standards of living generally go up.鈥澛燱hile times are changing, thanks to AI and technology in general, he says, 鈥淗igh-skill folks do very well in these systems. They can leverage their talents, they can interface with machines to extend their reach, their sales, their products and services.鈥

So it鈥檚 not exactly Y2K that we鈥檙e dealing with here.聽By working together and staying creative in our approach to problems, we can ensure that the kind of morality unique to humans isn鈥檛 overrun by AI鈥檚 abilities but lack of conscience.聽Since聽AI can only exist if we create it, we still have the power.

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