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AI is here and increasingly being woven into the fabric of our lives.

Tools that can create media that looks and sounds just like us — that can mimic behavior, convey any kind of information, and resonate deeply with people on an emotional level, are both exciting and scary. With fake media and deepfakes already threatening objective reality toward manipulative ends, it’s imperative that there be ethical policies, guidelines, and safeguards around how beneficial AI is created, and dangerous AI is prevented.

There is no question that AI is here and increasingly being woven into the fabric of our lives. However, there is an urgent question. How do we prepare to co-exist with AI? A tool that will rapidly transform jobs, entertainment, communication, and more. The optimist in me believes the true promise of AI is to create a positive future for humanity. I am also well aware that any tool can be used for good or for ill. …

The true promise of technology is to amplify the best traits in humanity. It doesn’t always seem like that, and I’ll admit there are legitimate concerns about the possible negative impact of the fourth industrial revolution. However, being the hallucinogenic optimist that I am, I like to focus attention on the bright spots that show us a beautiful future.

I’ve recently invested in one of those bright spots. Visit is a startup in India that amplifies humanity — while solving a very big and serious problem. …

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Jack published this Twitter Thread, because he knew it was the right thing to do. I am 100% supportive and helped write it. I’m republishing it here for a similar but different audience because I hope any organization serving the public conversation, will take note. The work Twitter does openly in this space will ideally help similar organizations.

We’re committing Twitter to help increase the collective health, openness, and civility of public conversation, and to hold ourselves publicly accountable towards progress.

Why? We love instant, public, global messaging and conversation. It’s what Twitter is and it’s why we‘re here. But we didn’t fully predict or understand the real-world negative consequences. …

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