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‘A.I. Revolution’ Review: A Cause for Cautious Hope

There are no representatives of the United Auto Workers or Teamsters weighing in on how smart robots might be threatening their workers in a more immediate fashion, but the medical advancements explored are exhilarating. MIT computer scientist Regina Barzilay, along with Massachusetts General Hospital, has developed a way of reading mammograms and detecting suspicious growths long before the human eye could spot any abnormalities. The development of pharmaceuticals has leapt into the future. The program also takes pains, effectively, in laying out how AI differs from, say, the way algorithms work, by reading patterns in Big Data and drawing conclusions from them. The processes of machine learning and artificial intelligence—which continue to advance—are made quite plain, while perhaps still being beyond summarization by those of us who only recently have learned how to spell algorithm.
Wall Street Journal
This ‘NOVA’ presentation on PBS considers the risks of artificial intelligence while also exploring the scientific and medical breakthroughs it has begun to foster.
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