Big data won't build a better robot

Profit motive risks steering AI development more towards job destruction than creation

Artificial intelligence (AI) is going to boost human productivity in a thousand ways, transforming everything from transportation to healthcare to agriculture. Some enthusiastic computer scientists even think we will find a "master algorithm" that will fix our politics and make lives "longer, happier and more productive".

In the grandest of these visions, smart computing machines could automate all of scientific discovery. But many scientists think such promises are overblown, and even a little dangerous, naively creating false confidence in highly fallible technologies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2019, with the headline 'Big data won't build a better robot'. Print Edition | Subscribe