Bezos World or Levelers

Can We Choose Our Scenario?

Published in: Program on Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence (PULSE) at UCLA School of Law (2019)

by Robert J. Lempert

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Artificial intelligence (AI) augurs changes in society at least as large as those of the industrial revolution. But much of the policy debate seems narrow—extrapolating current trends and asking how we might manage their rough edges. This essay instead explores how AI might be used to enable fundamentally different future worlds and how one such future might be enabled by AI algorithms with different goals and functions than those most common today.

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