Making Friends with AI

Why generative AI is a raw material, not a finished product

The new rhetoric around AI regulation

Cassie Kozyrkov
3 min readMay 21, 2023

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My previous blog posts on AI safety and effectiveness have tended to take the perspective of those who build AI systems, since until recently users traditionally held very little responsibility in the AI space. I wasn’t writing only for these folks, but also for a general audience of people keen to take their places as informed citizens in an increasingly data-fueled world.

In the context of the last decade, both groups needed to understand the same thing: what AI is useful for and how smart organizations make decisions about the AI systems they build.

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I’d intended for business leaders and AI professionals to use my musings to sanity check their own thought processes, while members of the general public could use them to learn enough about the decision-making that goes into these systems to insist on accountability and better technology leadership.

Seeing generative AI as a raw material might be the perspective shift that’ll make everything click.

In a previous blog post, I explained that the key difference between today’s most hyped AI products and the…

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Cassie Kozyrkov

Chief Decision Scientist, Google. ❤️ Stats, ML/AI, data, puns, art, theatre, decision science. All views are my own. twitter.com/quaesita