By the end of this decade, AI will be directing international commerce, practicing law and medicine, and will have largely replaced human teachers in the classroom. It will be deeply and irrevocably involved in the production and distribution of our food supply and will be the reason we prevent future pandemics and control climate change. Human intelligence – and its artificial counterpart – will soon become irreversibly inseparable through mutual need.
But the shape of this future and our path toward it are not yet set in stone. The default path of leaving it to the whim of Big Tech, like we did with software, is a dangerous option. AI is imminently more powerful and harder to control than software, which is widely recognized for exacerbating inequality, increasing extremism and sewing societal discord through disinformation. If there is a way to do better with AI, we have a moral obligation to find it.
It is important that we proceed in a thoughtful manner with both regulation and innovation. It is a time for reason and boldness to work together to make AI a net benefit for humanity. This manifesto is intended as an educational tool about the subtleties of our transition from a software world to an AI world and also a blueprint of the pitfalls we will encounter along the way.