The Future of Artificial Intelligence

November 25, 2022 • Volume 32, Issue 40
Can it be successfully regulated?
By Sarah Glazer


As the use of artificial intelligence (AI) continues to rapidly grow and evolve, some philosophers envision that robots will be as smart and self-aware as humans in the next few decades. Others call that fantasy. While the United States leads the world in AI, new evaluations suggest that without a concerted government effort, it could easily lose the technological race to China. Some experts say that could spell dire consequences for the nation's economy and national security. To help keep the country on top, President Biden recently signed a law to spend billions over the next decade on semiconductor chip research and production. On the international front, the European Union (EU) is continuing to push for more regulations around AI, amid research that shows some inherent flaws in algorithms. Many human rights groups and some U.N. member states are calling for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons — armaments powered by AI that can operate without human involvement.

Photo of a Tesla humanoid robot displayed in Shanghai, China, on November 6, 2022. (Getty Images/Visual China Group/Contributor)
A Tesla humanoid robot is displayed at an automobile exhibition last year in Shanghai. The United States leads the world in the development and growth of artificial intelligence but could lose out to China in the next decade without more government help. (Getty Images/Visual China Group/Contributor)
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Nov. 25, 2022  The Future of Artificial Intelligence
Jul. 06, 2018  Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence
Sep. 25, 2015  Robotics and the Economy
Jan. 23, 2015  Robotic Warfare
Apr. 22, 2011  Artificial Intelligence
Nov. 14, 1997  Artificial Intelligence
Aug. 16, 1985  Artificial Intelligence
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