The Past Decade and Future of AI’s Impact on Society

Joanna J Bryson

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is a technical term referring to artifacts used to detect contexts or to effect actions in response to detected contexts. Our capacity to build such artifacts has been increasing, and with it the impact they have on our society. This article first documents the social and economic changes brought about by our use of AI, particularly but not exclusively focusing on the decade since the 2007 advent of smartphones, which contribute substantially to “big data” and therefore the efficacy of machine learning. It then projects from this political, economic, and personal challenges confronting humanity in the near future, including policy recommendations. Overall, AI is not as unusual a technology as expected, but this very lack of expected form may have exposed us to a significantly increased urgency concerning familiar challenges. In particular, the identity and autonomy of both individuals and nations is challenged by the increased accessibility of knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a New Enlightenment? A Transcendent Decade
Place of PublicationMadrid
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)9788417141219 , 8417141219
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • artificial intelligence
  • AI
  • technology policy
  • political economy


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