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Some starting questions around pervasive autonomous systems

Jonathan Zittrain defines some of the cross-cutting questions arising from the mainstreaming of applied artificial intelligence

When does being able to offload thinking and decisionmaking to an automated process enhance our freedoms, and when does it constrain them? Under what circumstances could something be autonomy-enhancing for individuals, while constraining for society at large, and vice-versa? Are there ways to return to the states of uncertainty of a previous era, or does computability now mean that we’re compelled to allocate responsibility, either individually or as a society, for that which was previously rightly seen as a matter of fate?

Read Jonathan Zittrain's Medium post

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