#AICollaborative Network Newsletter

Issue 1 Editorial

November 2018, by Professor Noel Gaston

This blog post is the Editorial from Issue 1 of the #AICollaborative Network Newsletter.

Artificial intelligence (AI) as a field first developed in 1950. Since then it has made slow, but steady progress on many fronts. In the last few years, this progress has increased excitement, and expectations(!), outside the circle of practitioners about the transformative potential of AI.

Disruptive transformation can be a scary concept, and predictions of super-intelligent machines breaking free from human control and destroying humanity (perhaps, by turning us into paperclips) does nothing to reduce those fears.

At the same time, there’s a lot of interest in academic and policy circles about the role of AI as a “general purpose technology” that will affect many sectors of the economy. Not only that, but there is a sentiment that AI itself represents the invention of a new method of invention. Its advocates place it alongside technologies such as the steam engine and the internet.

At the Artificial Intelligence Collaborative Network we hope to explore these issues with true experts in the field. We’ll also discuss more immediate issues, such as potential impacts of AI on economic growth, jobs and income inequality.

The links below highlight just a few of the recent contributions that have the potential to either excite or exercise us. Stephen Hawking when opening the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, described AI as “either the best, or the worst, thing ever to happen to humanity”. So there’s circumspection about the potential of AI to say the least.

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Professor Noel Gaston

Noel has been a member of the Artificial Intelligence Collaborative Network since October 2018 and is the current Editor of the Network Newsletter.

Noel is the Adjunct Professor of Economics at the School of Commerce, University of SA and Former Principal Research Adviser at the Australian Productivity Commission.