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Artificial intelligence has the potential to simplify, accelerate, and improve many aspects of our lives. But there’s more (or less) to these moments than met the eye. Computers processing massive quantities of data can extract patterns at a rate exponentially faster than humans. The potential is both exciting and scary.

Scientists and tech luminaries, including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak have warned AI could lead to tragic unforeseen consequences. You may vividly remember WOPR from WarGames, Skynet from Terminator or VIKI from irobot, but Alexa and Siri aren’t coming to get you just yet. Although, they may be after your job.

 
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Why Vanessa chose this moment... 

“The potential impact of automation and, eventually, AI in our workplaces is huge, but what set this moment alight was fear, pop cultural references and limited fact checking. It’s a lesson in how dense research, earnestly published, can go viral months later, sparking serious discussion and amusing memes about the impending AI apocalypse.”

 

 

The scale of the moment... 

The 'facebook shuts down rogue AI bots' story was shared millions of times, from hundreds of different publishers’ perspectives, around the world. Although not quite fake news, it is a reminder that 6 in 10 users regularly share links on social media they haven’t actually read.

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