Artificial intelligence risks GM-style public backlash, experts warn

Researchers say social, ethical and political concerns are mounting and greater oversight is urgently needed

The emerging field of artificial intelligence (AI) risks provoking a public backlash as it increasingly falls into private hands, threatens people’s jobs, and operates without effective oversight or regulatory control, leading experts in the technology warn.

At the start of a new Guardian series on AI, experts in the field highlight the huge potential for the technology, which is already speeding up scientific and medical research, making cities run more smoothly, and making businesses more efficient.

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Americans ‘evenly split’ over need to regulate Facebook and other big tech

A nationwide poll reveals ‘jury is still out’ on Silicon Valley’s big corporations, while a separate survey of Guardian readers reveals the challenge Facebook faces in convincing users it is a force for good

Voters in the US are evenly divided over whether to regulate technology companies like Google, Twitter and Facebook that enable the targeting of users based on their political interests, according to a survey that suggests many Americans remain undecided over whether Silicon Valley is a force for good.

Forty-nine per cent of people said they would support regulating the targeting of news feeds, search engine results or advertising based on political affiliations or viewpoints, while 51% said they would oppose such regulation.

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Under the skin: how insertable microchips could unlock the future

Ten volunteers received a microchip at Acmi to mark the launch of Pause Fest in Melbourne. But are they any use?

The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice and usually inserted in the webbing between the thumb and forefinger using a needle the same thickness as used in body piercing.

It feels, says insertable technology expert Kayla Heffernan, like getting a drip.

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