- Aug 17, 2017
At the core of the debate about regulating AI is the question of whether it's possible to limit the risks it presents to societies without stifling the growth of a technology that many politicians expect to be the engine of the future economy. The discussions about risks should not focus on existential threats to the future of humanity, because there are major issues with the way AI is being used right now, says Mathias Spielkamp, cofounder of AlgorithmWatch, a nonprofit that researches the use of algorithms in government welfare systems, credit scores, and the workplace, among other applications. He believes it is the role of politicians to put limits on how the technology can be used. “Take nuclear power:
Europe’s parliament is struggling to agree on new rules to govern AI—showing how policymakers everywhere have a lot to learn about the technology.