The frame problem: The AI “arms race” isn’t one

By Heather M. Roff | April 29, 2019

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There needs to be a change in thinking about AI. Those dealing with AI must insist on greater clarity about its definition. If policy makers and other leaders are not clear about what the term means and entails, they cannot possibly formulate best practices and governance mechanisms. It would help matters if artificial intelligence discussions were framed in an “AI +” framework, because in many cases, AI is merely a tool included in a system involving other functions or capabilities. The news media should stop framing the global artificial intelligence competition as an “arms race.” This misrepresents the competition going on among countries. The policy community needs a clear-eyed appraisal of AI’s capabilities and limitations. Without that orientation, those who hope to steer research and development in positive directions will create more problems than they solve.

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