Artificial Intelligence in 2030

“In 2030, the greatest set of questions will involve how perceptions of AI and their application will influence the trajectory of civil rights in the future. Questions about privacy, speech, the right of assembly and technological construction of personhood will all re-emerge in this new AI context, throwing into question our deepest-held beliefs about equality and opportunity for all,” says Sonia Katyal, co-director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.

“Without significant changes in our political economy and data governance regimes [AI] is likely to create greater economic inequalities, more surveillance and more programmed and non-human-centric interactions. Every time we program our environments, we end up programming ourselves and our interactions,” says Marina Gorbis, executive director of the Institute for the Future.

Digital life is augmenting human capacities and disrupting eons-old human activities. Code-driven systems have spread to more than half of the world’s inhabitants in ambient information and connectivity, offering previously unimagined opportunities and unprecedented threats.

“As emerging algorithm-driven artificial intelligence (AI) continues to spread, will people be better off than they are today?”

PEW asked this question to 979 technology pioneers, innovators, developers, business and policy leaders, researchers and activists in the summer of 2018.

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