Webb Keane, George Herbert Mead Distinguished University Professor of Anthropology, and co-author Professor Scott J. Shapiro of Yale Law School added their perspectives to the ethical debate on recent advances in artificial intelligence with a recent op-ed in The Spectator (UK). In their article, "Deus ex machina: the dangers of AI godbots," Keane and Shapiro argue against the notion that AI is somehow superhuman or divine.

“Like divination, AI seems independent of its creators. But, like divination, it is not,” co-wrote Keane. “When AI scrapes the web, it reflects back to us what we have put there. Our apps should show this. They should be required to present some of the evidence relevant to their decisions. This way, users can see that artificial intelligence is drawing on human intelligence.”

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