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In the News March 11, 2020

Dr. David Bray: Are we ready for AI?

By Atlantic Council

Policymakers and analysts have long warned the public about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence, but, to most, the changes it may bring seem distant. As Dr. David Bray, Director of the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center, explained on an October 2018 episode of the Device Squad podcast, the overwhelming power of AI combined with the public’s lack of concern for it could cause disaster in the absence of policy intervention. This discussion was in Dr. Bray’s role as past roles as Visiting Executive in Residence at Harvard University and Executive Director for the People-Centered Internet coalition. This was prior to his start as the inaugural director for the Atlantic Council’s new GeoTech Center.

AI, like all forms of computing, can and should be used for the betterment of society, but a well-reasoned and determined hand must steer AI development in the right direction. Listen to the full episode to hear Dr. Bray discuss his vision for how AI development could, and should, reshape the digital world.

The GeoTech Center champions positive paths forward that societies can pursue to ensure new technologies and data empower people, prosperity, and peace.

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