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Counterpoint: Regulators Should Allow the Greatest Space for AI Innovation

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Everyone wants to be safe. But paradoxically, sometimes the policies we implement to guarantee our safety end up making us much worse off than if we had done nothing at all. It is counterintuitive, but this is the well-established calculus of the world of risk analysis.

When we consider the future of AI and the public policies that will shape its evolution, it is vital to keep that insight in mind. While AI-enabled technologies can pose some risks that should be taken seriously, it is important that public policy not freeze the development of life-enriching innovations in this space based on speculative fears of an uncertain future.


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