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SCIENTIA SINICA Informationis, Volume 48, Issue 9: 1257-1263(2018) https://doi.org/10.1360/N112018-00142

Artificial intelligence: angel or devil?

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  • ReceivedMay 31, 2018
  • AcceptedAug 22, 2018
  • PublishedSep 7, 2018

Abstract

Artificial intelligence (AI) achieved important breakthroughs under the joint impetus of anunprecedented volume of data and exponentially growing computing capacities, and thereforebecame a significant focus of competition among the big powers. Meanwhile, AI showed itstransformative impacts on human society and caused increasing public concern as well asconsiderable controversy. This article tries to draw a realistic panorama of AI at the macro level,including basic concepts, development history, current situation, and future trends; to reveal anunbiased profile and growing rules; and to develop a scientific perspective and realisticexpectations of social knowledge. Finally, the article proposes an initiative to face the potentialsafety risks and challenges. This requires the strengthening of forward-looking prevention and guidance on restraint, the minimization of risk, and ensuring the safe, positive, and profitable development of AI.


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