Efforts to Acknowledge the Risks of New A.I. Technology

…And, with more dangerous technologies, the A.I. community may have to reconsider its commitment to open research. Some things, the argument goes, are best kept behind closed doors.

Matt Groh, a researcher at the M.I.T. Media Lab, recently built a system called Deep Angel, which can remove people and objects from photos. A computer science experiment that doubles as a philosophical question, it is meant to spark conversation around the role of A.I. in the age of fake news. “We are well aware of how impactful fake news can be,” Mr. Groh said. “Now, the question is: How do we deal with that?”

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