Why it's time for a 'digital New Deal' to protect against AI

Two of the most polarising words in the English language at the moment (aside from "Donald Trump") must be "artificial intelligence". Last week, Big Tech ramped up a campaign intended to convince people that robots will not take their jobs.

Executives from Intel and Tesla testified at a United States House subcommittee meeting on AI's challenges, dismissing many public concerns. Others, including Google chief economist Hal Varian, gave interviews pushing the idea that artificial intelligence is the labour solution to shrinking birth rates in rich countries.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 22, 2018, with the headline 'Why it's time for a 'digital New Deal' to protect against AI'. Print Edition | Subscribe