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Beating Back Cancel Culture: A Case Study from the Field of Artificial Intelligence

Beating Back Cancel Culture: A Case Study from the Field of Artificial Intelligence

It’s easy to decry cancel culture, but hard to turn it back. Thankfully, recent developments in my area of academic specialty—artificial intelligence (AI)—show that fighting cancel culture isn’t impossible. And as I explain below, the lessons that members of the AI community have learned in this

Pedro Domingos
Pedro Domingos
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The Apocalyptic Threat from Artificial Intelligence Isn’t Science Fiction

The Apocalyptic Threat from Artificial Intelligence Isn’t Science Fiction

Not a real personThe person in the photo that sits to the left of this paragraph does not exist. It was generated using Artificial intelligence (AI), which can now generate pictures of imaginary people (and cats) that look real. While this technology may create a bit of social havoc, the

James D. Miller
James D. Miller
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What Computer-Generated Language Tells Us About Our Own Ideological Thinking

What Computer-Generated Language Tells Us About Our Own Ideological Thinking

Earlier this year, the San Francisco-based artificial-intelligence research laboratory OpenAI built GPT-3, a 175-billion-parameter text generator. Compared to its predecessor—the humorously dissociative GPT-2, which had been trained on a data set less than one-hundredth as large—GPT-3 is a startlingly convincing writer. It can answer questions (mostly) accurately, produce

Cameron Harwick
Cameron Harwick
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Plenty of Room for AI-nxiety

Plenty of Room for AI-nxiety

Editor’s note: this essay is part of an ongoing series hosted by Quillette debating the practical and ethical implications of AI. If you would like to contribute or respond to this essay or others in the series, please send a submission to pitch@quillette.com. In light of recent

Christopher Reuenthal
Christopher Reuenthal
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Rational AI-nxiety: A Counter-Argument

Rational AI-nxiety: A Counter-Argument

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is defined by Merriam-Webster as a “branch of computer science dealing with the simulation of intelligent behavior in computers.” As machine learning becomes more advanced and AI continues to become more complex, what does that mean for the future of humanity? One can easily identify the advantages

Anna Marieta Moise
Anna Marieta Moise
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Irrational AI-nxiety

Irrational AI-nxiety

The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. Stephen Hawking [AI Poses] vastly more risk than North Korea. Elon Musk Very smart people tell us to be very worried about AI. But very smart people can also be very wrong and their paranoia is

Edward Clint
Edward Clint
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