AI is ‘Next Big Thing’ to worry about — FT.com

After talking up its latest “Next Big Thing” as world-changing in its impact, the tech industry now finds itself in the uncomfortable position of trying to argue that it will not end up being world-destroying instead.

The attempt this week by a group of the most powerful US tech companies to show they are getting to grips with some of the more troubling issues raised by artificial intelligence inevitably left the impression of an industry reacting late and in haste. The AI landscape is dotted with the first warning signs of what happens when smart algorithms are let off the leash, from the first fatality at the wheel of a Tesla car that was driving itself to the Microsoft chatbot that spouted racist comments on Twitter.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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