​Obama's report on the future of artificial intelligence: The main takeaways

​Obama’s report on the future of artificial intelligence: The main takeaways

​Obama's report on the future of artificial intelligence: The main takeaways
The Obama administration released a report on the future of artificial intelligence and addressed everything from job loss, ethics, bias and positive outcomes for multiple industries.

There are some things that machines are simply better at doing than humans, but humans still have plenty going for them. Here’s a look at how the two are going to work in concert to deliver a more powerful future for IT, and the human race.

There’s a lot to digest in the full report, which has been noted in multiple places. I pulled out a few key talking points to ponder as AI advances.

AI can a solution to the workforce displacement it’ll create. The report noted that AI can help workers progress and ultimately transition to a big data era.

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