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The Right Way to Regulate AI

New technologies often have unintended consequences that are difficult to reverse, which is likely to be true of artificial intelligence as well. But rather than pausing AI development, we should engage in more small-scale experiments to identify potential harms when it is still possible to limit their damage.

TORONTO – The arrival of new technologies tends to stoke widespread anxiety, most commonly about automation and displacement of human workers. The Luddites at the beginning of the industrial age are perhaps the most frequently cited example of this technophobia, but such worries have emerged periodically ever since.