Likened to the socio-economic status of those who have certain benefits and privileges and those who don’t, the technological world is quickly becoming divided on those who have access to artificial intelligence (AI) and those who don’t. The Seattle Times brought this interesting topic to us in their article, “Fearing a future of artificial intelligence haves and have-nots.”

AI has moved from the mainframe to the personal computer to the internet to smartphones. It has opened opportunities for more people to invent on the digital frontier. However, there is a growing concern that this new leading edge is actually dividing the industry to those who have access and those who don’t.

Computer scientists say AI research is becoming increasingly expensive, requiring complex calculations done by giant data centers, leaving fewer people with easy access to the computing firepower necessary to develop the technology behind futuristic products like self-driving cars or digital assistants.

Melody K. Smith

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