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Joi Ito and Barack Obama on neural nets, self-driving cars, and the future of the world

President Barack Obama and MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito discuss the challenges and opportunities facing us in bringing the technology of science fiction into the real world, from driverless cars to automated jobs with Scott Dadich in the November issue of WIRED.

"IT’S HARD TO think of a single technology that will shape our world more in the next 50 years than artificial intelligence. As machine learning enables our computers to teach themselves, a wealth of breakthroughs emerge, ranging from medical diagnostics to cars that drive themselves. A whole lot of worry emerges as well. Who controls this technology? Will it take over our jobs? Is it dangerous? President Obama was eager to address these concerns. The person he wanted to talk to most about them? Entrepreneur and MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito. So I sat down with them in the White House to sort through the hope, the hype, and the fear around AI. That and maybe just one quick question about Star Trek. —Scott Dadich"

Read the full interview.

Photographs by Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos for WIRED