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Forum XVIII (Spring 2021)

Redesigning AI

Artificial intelligence will not create superintelligence anytime soon. But it is already making huge advances—revolutionizing medicine and transport, transforming jobs and markets, and reshaping the fabric of social life. At the same time, the promises of AI have been increasingly overshadowed by its perils, from automation and disinformation to powerful new forms of bias and surveillance. Reckoning with these threats to work, democracy, and justice, Redesigning AI asks what can be done to redirect AI for the good of everyone.

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Redesigning AI

Artificial intelligence will not create superintelligence anytime soon. But it is already making huge advances—revolutionizing medicine and transport, transforming jobs and markets, and reshaping the fabric of social life. At the same time, the promises of AI have been increasingly overshadowed by its perils, from automation and disinformation to powerful new forms of bias and surveillance. Reckoning with these threats to work, democracy, and justice, Redesigning AI asks what can be done to redirect AI for the good of everyone.

Leading off a forum, economist and best-selling author Daron Acemoglu argues that though the challenges are dire, the future is not inevitable. Just as technological development promoted broadly shared gains in the three decades following World War II, so AI can create inclusive prosperity and bolster democratic freedoms. Setting it to that task won’t be easy, but it can be achieved through government policy and regulation, the redirection of industry norms, and robust democratic oversight.

Respondents debate the precise role new technology plays in economic inequality, the wide range of algorithmic harms facing workers and citizens, and other concrete steps that can be taken to ensure a just future for AI. Other contributors explore the impact of new technology in domains from medicine to carework, the nature of skills training in a rapidly changing economy, and the ethical case for not building certain forms of AI in the first place. Together they sketch an urgent vision for redirecting the course of technological change for good.

 

CONTENTS


 

Editors’ Note
Deborah Chasman & Joshua Cohen

 


 

FORUM

 

Redesigning AI
Daron Acemoglu
A World with Less Work
Daniel Susskind
Centering Workers’ Power and Rights
Andrea Dehlendorf & Ryan Gerety
The Pandemic Bolstered Support for Necessary Reforms
Molly Kinder
Technology-Focused Solutions Won’t Work
Aaron Benanav
Decolonizing AI
Shakir Mohamed, William S. Isaac, & Marie-Therese Png
The Problem Is Wages, Not Jobs
Erik Brynjolfsson
Beyond the Automation-Only Approach
Lama Nachman
Between Dystopia and Utopia
Kate Crawford
The Frontier of AI Science Should Be in Universities
Rob Reich
The Means of Prediction
Rediet Abebe & Maximilian Kasy
It Is Not Too Late
Daron Acemoglu

 


 

ESSAYS

Stop Building Bad AI
Annette Zimmermann
Workplace Training in the Age of AI
Nichola Lowe
Medicine’s Machine Learning Problem
Rachel Thomas
The Past and Future of AI
Kenneth Taylor
Coding Care
Anna Romina Guevarra

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