Futurist Amy Webb Warns Against Leaving AI in the Hands of Big Tech

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Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon devices, demonstrates a variety of Alexa's new skills at The Spheres in Seattle on September 20, 2018. (Photo: Grant Hinsdsley/AFP/Getty Image)

The future of humanity rests in the hands of just nine companies, according to futurist Amy Webb. In her new book, "The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity," Webb explores the evolution of artificial intelligence as it seeps into our everyday lives through smart appliances, transforming our homes into "data generation machines" for large corporations. Webb argues that AI should be positioned for the public good instead of allowing a few companies, market forces and geopolitics to shape our future. What are your hopes and fears for artificial intelligence?

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Amy Webb, quantitative futurist; professor of strategic foresight, NYU Stern School of Business; founder, Future Today Institute; author, "The Big Nine: How the Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity"

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