AI risks repeating mistakes: Microsoft
Breakneck development of artificial intelligence risked repeating mistakes made by the tech industry at the start of the social media era, Microsoft president Brad Smith told a business forum yesterday. Rapid advancements in AI have stoked global alarm over the technology's potential for disinformation, misuse and upheaval of the labour market. But Smith suggested these misgivings were not reflected by the developers of the potentially revolutionary technology, whose optimism reminded him of the early years of social media platforms. Back then, the tech industry "became a little too euphoric about all the good things that social media would bring to the world -- and there have been many -- without thinking about the risks as well," he said. "We need to be clear-eyed... And we need to construct the guardrails from the outset," he added.