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Turning Point


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Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • 1. What is AI?
  • 2. Healthcare
  • 3. Education
  • 4. Transportation
  • 5. E-commerce
  • 6. Defense
  • 7. Techlash
  • 8. Ethical Safeguards
  • 9. Building Responsible AI
  • Glossary of Key Terms
  • Notes
  • Index

About the Author

Darrell M. West is vice president of the Governance Studies program and director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation.John R. Allen is president of the Brookings Institution. He is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. He is co-author of Hyperwar: Conflict and Competition in the AI Century.


"Turning Point" is an excellent book that decision makers can use as a tutorial to understand the growing importance of policy related to AI, policy in both the public and private sectors." - Forbes

"We are entering a new world: a world where artificial intelligence has enormous impacts in every aspects of our lives. Should we be excited or worried about this brave new world? Or perhaps a bit of both? In this timely, evocative, and thought-provoking book, Darrell West and John Allen argue the answer to this question will depend on the regulatory and policy choices we make as we exploit AI in business, health, transportation, and other sectors. They then offer recommendations to shape these coming choices. In the process, they provide the perfect balance to books that focus more on the technology of AI and less on the practical impact the technology will have. Highly recommended!" -Robert Work, former deputy secretary of defense

"In a world of AI, machine learning, and data analytics, it is important to have technologies that serve human interests and respect human values. West and Allen have written a comprehensive account that explains what AI is, outlines its virtues and risks, and shows how to move forward into a world of human-centered technology. Their governance and policy blueprint lays out creative steps to safeguard humanity's future." -Fei-Fei Li, Stanford University

"Fears of artificial intelligence have prompted warnings of 'the end of the human race' and 'summoning the demon.' West and Allen's new book, Turning Point, provides a compelling and clear-headed explanation and analysis of the promise and perils and what we all need to do to keep it under control. Anyone who wants a deeper understanding of this new frontier should read this book." -Jake Tapper, CNN

"AI is transforming education, healthcare, and warfare, and raising a host of political, ethical, and policy questions. There hasn't been an authoritative unified analysis of these myriad questions. Until now. This timely book by West and Allen not only poses the questions in an informed fashion but proposes thoughtful policy responses. The book is nothing short of a roadmap for our AI future." -Oren Etzioni, University of Washington

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