In a Wilson Center Policy report, Sarah W. Denton, IPPP research fellow and research assistant at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program (STIP), discusses how artificial intelligence and privacy fare in the fourth industrial revolution.
At its core, artificial intelligence (AI) optimizes data. Machine-learning algorithms, one component of AI, are trained using massive datasets curated by humans to predict various aspects of our daily lives. Such predictive intelligence could be a positive force amplified by continued decentralization of the technology. Or, ubiquitous cognition and surveillance could be a disruptive force amplified by the unregulated proliferation of AI technologies.