How AI Will Affect Urban Life In 2030, According To Scientists

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Whichever side of the artificial intelligence (AI) argument you sit on – whether that be the inevitable robot uprising or helping make the world a safer (or at least more convenient) place – the rise of everyday AI is a reality. It is most likely the future, and it’s best we know as much about it as possible to prepare.

With this in mind, a panel of academics hosted by Stanford University has put together a study looking ahead to the year 2030 to forecast how advances in AI will affect everyday urban life, with the aim of sparking an open discussion about the safe and positive development of these rapidly progressing technologies.

The study, titled "Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030", is the first investigation to come out of the "One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence" (AI100) project, a century-long study launched in 2014 in an effort to understand and anticipate how AI will affect people through all aspects of their everyday life in the future.   

The project is the brainchild of Eric Horvitz, managing director of Microsoft Research’s lab and Stanford alumnus. He wanted to create a platform for informed social discussion and guidance on the ethical implications of developing smart technologies through a standing committee of scientists and academic thinkers, who will periodically produce reports on the current state of AI development over the next 100 years.

"We believe specialized AI applications will become both increasingly common and more useful by 2030, improving our economy and quality of life," said Peter Stone of the University of Texas at Austin and chair of the 17-member panel of international experts in a statement. "But this technology will also create profound challenges, affecting jobs and incomes and other issues that we should begin addressing now to ensure that the benefits of AI are broadly shared."

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