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Clinton Cautions Over Impact Of Artificial Intelligence

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Hillary Clinton is cautioning against the impact artificial intelligence will have on our daily lives.

The former secretary of state discussed the issue of new technology in an interview with Hugh Hewitt on Nov. 22, according to the Daily Mail.

"A lot of really smart people, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, a lot of really smart people are sounding an alarm that we're not hearing," said Clinton. "And their alarm is artificial intelligence is not our friend."

On Nov. 6, Hawking issued a stark warning about AI's potential impact. Addressing a technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal, Hawking stressed the need to explore how computers could be controlled.

"Success in creating effective AI could be the biggest event in the history of our civilization," said Hawking, according to CNBC. "Or the worst. We just don't know. So we cannot know if we will be infinitely helped by AI, or ignored by it and side-lined, or conceivably destroyed by it."

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He argued that new legislation to regulate the use of AI is necessary.

"Unless we learn how to prepare for, and avoid, the potential risks, AI could be the worst event in the history of our civilization," he added. "It brings dangers, like powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many."

Hawking's remarks were not entirely negative. He noted that AI could be harnessed to repair damage to the natural world or eradicate poverty.

Clinton also drew attention to AI's positive side.

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"It can assist us in many ways if it is properly understood and contained," added Clinton, according to the Daily Mail. "But we are racing headfirst into a new era of artificial intelligence that is going to have dramatic effects on how we live, how we think, how we relate to each other."

Had she defeated Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election, Clinton said she would have set up a commission to examine how to deal with AI.

"What are we going to do when we get driverless cars?" she said. "It sounds like a great idea. And how many millions of people -- truck drivers and parcel delivery people and cab drivers and even Uber drivers -- what do we do with the millions of people who will no longer have a job? We are totally unprepared for that."

Clinton identified another area of technological development she considers troubling.

"What do we do when we are connected to the internet of things and everything we know and everything we say and everything we write is, you know, recorded somewhere?" added Clinton. "And it can be manipulated against us?"

Sources: Daily Mail, CNBC / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Victor A. Ruiz/Flickr, Scott Weinhold/East Asia and Pacific Media Hub U.S. Department of State/Flickr

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