Breaking down the jargon of AI |

Understanding AI—from A to Z
By Billy Perrigo
Staff Writer, TIME

As artificial intelligence becomes a larger part of our world, it’s easy to get lost in its sea of jargon. But it has never been more important to get your bearings than now, when every day seems to come with a new technological breakthrough.

AI will have a major impact on the job market. It will exacerbate old risks, like disinformation and inequality, and create new ones. Discussions over how to manage the social and economic impacts of AI systems are playing a larger part in our political conversation. And ideas that were once confined to a fringe group of future-thinkers—like the risk of AI even wiping out humanity—are beginning to catch on.

Trying to get up to speed can be difficult. AI research is complicated, and lots of the language is new even for the researchers themselves. But there’s no reason the public can’t grapple with the big issues at stake, like we learned to do with climate change and the internet. To help everyone engage more fully with the AI debate, TIME has put together a handy glossary of its most commonly used terminology.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or you already know your AGIs from your GPTs, this A to Z is designed to be an accessible public resource for everyone grappling with the power, promise, and perils of artificial intelligence.

Read the full story: The A-Z of Artificial Intelligence

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— Universal Music Group reportedly asked streaming services including Apple and Spotify to block AI bots from accessing its copyrighted songs to train themselves.

— France is becoming a haven for crypto companies, Bloomberg reports.

— Prolific AI investor Ian Hogarth wrote an essay in the Financial Times urging restraint in the race toward "God-like" AI.

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