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Artificial Intelligence Use For the Collective Good

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By Riccardo Masucci and Audrey Plonk

Last week’s Consumer and Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas was abuzz with artificial intelligence (AI) applications for connected cars, personal assistants and smart homes, reflecting the popularity of this technology. In computing history, 2016 will be likely remembered as the year policymakers began considering the economic and social implications of computers that can continuously analyze and learn from data and accurately predict outcomes, or AI. For example, in 2016, the US government released a report on the future of AI and Japan launched two major AI research projects and numerous policy initiatives. The use cases for these technologies are compelling, exciting, and seemingly endless.


New Europe, the leading public policy publication in Brussels, recently ran a collection of op-eds asking 100 of the world’s leading thinkers to write about the challenges of the future.  Intel Executive VP Diane Bryant was one of those authors, and she chose to write about the impact of artificial intelligence.  Diane described the potential for numerous benefits of AI for different sectors – industry, healthcare, agriculture, finance, security – and outlined a long-term policy approach based on the need to drive, democratize and guide the technology.  Policymakers globally must accelerate planning for the changes ahead and take active steps to cause organizations to use AI for good, and to help individuals avoid unintended consequences.

Intel is not only building the technologies but also promoting a strong “vision to harness the power of AI to deliver a better world” said Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO, in a recent blogpost. We are committed to partnering with governments, business and society’s leaders to unleash the potential of this technology.