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Beware the perils of artificial intelligence

Statistics is all about uncertainty—and with AI there is always the chance of error

After two full decades of our data being harvested, algorithms analysing our habits and humanity ceding control to machines, it is only in the last 12 months that we finally started to see the very best—and worst—of a future entangled with technology. Artificial Intelligence hype went into overdrive, at the same time as fears about the algorithmic manipulation of politics and the smothering of privacy reached fever pitch.

The Cambridge Analytica scandal in March revealed how a private company had been using Facebook newsfeeds to spread misinformation, manipulate emotions…

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