Guest Column, Opinion

AI engineers must open their designs to democratic control

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In many ways, the most pressing issues of society today - increasing income disparity, chronic health problems and climate change - are the result of the dramatic gains in higher productivity we've achieved with technology and science. The internet, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, crypto-currencies and other technologies are providing us with ever more tools to change the world around us.
But there is a cost.
We're now awakening to the implications that many of these technologies have for individuals and society. We can directly see, for instance . . .

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