BookWatch: Artificial intelligence is too powerful to be left to Facebook, Amazon and other tech giants

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress made one thing clear: the government needs an Federal Artificial Intelligence Agency.

Facebook FB, -0.22% is a canary in the proverbial AI coal mine. AI is going to play an enormous role in our lives and in the global economy. It is the key to self-driving cars, the Amazon AMZN, -0.69% Alexa in your home, autonomous trading desks on Wall Street, innovation in medicine, and cyberwar defenses.

AI could do an enormous amount of good and solve some of the world’s hardest problems, but that same power could be turned against us.

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