MarketWatch First Take: Tech must look to past to protect the future from an artificial intelligence apocalypse

Through a joint alliance on artificial intelligence, five tech giants need to take a better look at the guidelines established by one of the most influential writers of modern science fiction to protect us from an apocalyptic future.

Fears of what autonomous technologies are capable of is entirely understandable, even though artificial intelligence is still in early stages. So Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +0.04% Alphabet Inc.’s DeepMind/Google GOOG, -0.84%GOOGL, -0.92% Facebook Inc. FB, -0.88% IBM Corp. IBM, -0.11% and Microsoft Corp. MSFT, -1.09% have created an ethics-focused nonprofit that says it has goals such as educating the public, protecting the privacy and security of individuals, and to create a forum for discussion of the complex issues in a future with machines may be in decision-making roles.

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