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AI at the tipping point: danger to information, promise for creativity

Artificial intelligence is on everyone's mind these days.

But while some people are using tools like ChatGPT to write a college essay, others are thinking about how to deploy the same tech to beat the stock market — or, if you're a sneaky politician, perhaps rig an election on social media. The potential for AI to mess up democracy is scary, but the truth is that it can also make the world a better place.

So, are bots good or bad for us? We asked a few experts to weigh in during the Global Stage livestream conversation "Risks and Rewards of AI," hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft at this year's World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.


Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and GZERO, shares his thoughts on why we're at a tipping for AI as a geopolitical risk, why the threat of disinformation has displaced the digital divide in Davos conversations, and why AI is our best shot to fight climate change. Also, he asks, what'll happen when the use of bots becomes so widespread that we start treating humans like them?

Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, explains why he thinks 2023 will be an inflection point for AI and why the tech can actually help everybody if it's developed correctly — for instance by spurring critical thinking. In response to a tough question, he defends Microsoft's recent decision to invest big in OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT.

Eileen Donahoe, executive director of Stanford University's Global Digital Policy Incubator, wades into the debates over who should regulate AI and if should be banned. She’s as worried about the actual implications of AI for human rights as the menace of bots becoming smart, if not someday smarter, than humans.

Azeem Azhar, founder of the Exponential View newsletter, digs into how corporations are tooling up to be ready to go nuts on AI when the time is right, why open-source AI is a non-linear technological advancement, and why democracies are still ahead of China in the race to dominate AI in the future.

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Artificial intelligence and the importance of civics

What's more important to fight AI-enabled disinformation: policies or social norms? Eileen Donahoe, executive director of Stanford University's Global Digital Policy Incubator, believes we haven't done enough on the cultural level and in terms of civic education. But, should governments ban AI? She's on the fence when asked during a Global Stage livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft.

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