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Marc Andreessen: The Single Greatest Risk of NOT Pursuing AI

By Marc Andreessen


Special Report:

Creativity & AI


Credit: Ana Kova

This article was originally published by Marc Andreessen on a16z.


The era of Artificial Intelligence is here, and boy are people freaking out. Fortunately, I am here to bring the good news: AI will not destroy the world, and in fact may save it.


First, a short description of what AI is: The application of mathematics and software code to teach computers how to understand, synthesize, and generate knowledge in ways similar to how people do it. AI is a computer program like any other – it runs, takes input, processes, and generates output. AI’s output is useful across a wide range of fields, ranging from coding to medicine to law to the creative arts. It is owned by people and controlled by people, like any other technology.


A shorter description of what AI isn’t: Killer software and robots that will spring to life and decide to murder the human race or otherwise ruin everything, like you see in the movies.


An even shorter description of what AI could be: A way to make everything we care about better.




 

Since the invention of early automation machines, humans have grappled with the challenge of how to work alongside machines and how to think about the displacement of specialty that often follows their invention. With AI’s expansion into creative fields, questions arise about the uniqueness of human creativity and whether AI is a tool, a rival, or a new collaborator. In this special issue, we set out to explore perspectives from technologists, artists, and experts to understand the comprehensive implications of AI-driven creativity on our future.


Freethink Media, a digital publisher telling stories about the people and ideas moving our world forward to over 20+ million followers, recently released a special issue: Creativity & AI. Each week we will highlight here one of Freethink’s compelling articles or docu-style videos that delves into the influence of AI and its profound impact on our world and society today. Known for captivating content featuring news from the frontiers, Freethink is committed to being a trusted source for exploring the transformative power of AI.


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