Stephen Downes

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This is a survey on American attitudes toward several specific AI technologies, including driverless cars, facial recognition, exoskeletons, fake news detection, brain chip enhancements and gene editing. Opinions are mostly split, though there's a marked aversion to brain chips. I fall mostly on the side of saying they would all be good for society, which interestingly aligns me more with Republican respondents, according to the survey. Yes, there is a possibility for dystopia - but from where I sit, no matter what technology we use, there's always a possibility for dystopia. Just ask the Kievan Rus or the Kievans of today. Anyhow, there's a lot more than just a surface discussion here, as people's views about each technology is described in some depth.

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