Tech Consequences Voiced By Carnegie Mellon Prez




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"With every invention and every technology we have a lot of intended benefits and intended consequences.
Simultaneously, we have many unintended consequences."
Subra Suresh, an engineer by training, is president of Carnegie Mellon University and former director of the National Science Foundation.
He spoke on January 23rd at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina.
"I've also been hearing some critiques and concerns about what's going to happen as machines grow more intelligent."
"As machines become more and more sophisticated, we have to be very careful about issues of privacy, confidentiality, intellectual property.
If people from discipline and one part of the world go and mine proprietary information from another part of the world, either legally or illegally, what are the consequences of this?
We've already seen leak of information because of breach of cybersecurity.
And I think those kind of issues are going to be there.
But in that sense, artificial intelligence and machine learning are no different from any other new wave of technology that has the potential to be used as well as abused."
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