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Is Artificial Intelligence Good for Society?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the use of “computers and machines to mimic the problem-solving and decision-making capabilities of the human mind,” according to IBM. Artificial intelligence is used for a variety of everyday implementations including facial recognition software, online shopping algorithms, search engines, digital assistants like Siri and Alexa, translation services, automated safety functions on cars (and the promised self-driving cars of the future), cybersecurity, airport body scanning security, poker playing strategy, and fighting disinformation on social media, among others. For more on AI, explore the ProCon debate.

PRO (yes)


Joe Biden:

“We’ll see more technological change in the next 10 years than we’ve seen in the last 50 years and maybe even beyond that. And AI is already driving that change in every part of the American life, often in ways we don’t notice. AI is already making it easier to search the Internet, helping us drive to our destinations while avoiding traffic in real time. AI is going to change the way we teach, learn, and help solve challenges like disease and climate change — and giving — giving the time to focus on the things that matter most to you personally. But in seizing this moment, we need to manage the risks to our society, to our economy, and our national security. My administration is committed — is committed to safeguarding America’s rights and safety, from protecting privacy, to addressing bias and disinformation, to making sure AI systems are safe before they are released. ”

Editors’ Note: The Biden Administration released the “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights: Making Automated Systems Work for the American People” in Oct. 2022.


White House, “Remarks by President Biden on Seizing the Opportunities and Managing the Risks of Artificial Intelligence,”, June 20, 2023


Donald Trump:

Editors’ Note: Trump signed Executive Order 13859 on Feb 11, 2019. The order states: “Artificial Intelligence (AI) promises to drive growth of the United States economy, enhance our economic and national security, and improve our quality of life. The United States is the world leader in AI research and development (R&D) and deployment. Continued American leadership in AI is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States and to shaping the global evolution of AI in a manner consistent with our Nation’s values, policies, and priorities.”


Executive Office of the President, “Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence,”, Feb. 11, 2019

CON (no)


Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.:

“The other major issue for them [tech industry leaders] is figuring out ways to regulate AI technologies globally. Elon [Musk] has said that AI will first take our jobs and then it will kill us. This is not hyperbole. Technology leaders understand the frightening dangers of AI — including its capacity to control narratives, create illusions, surveil our activities to dictate our behaviors and enforce compliance, and ultimately enslave humanity.”


Lydia Moynihan, “Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Interview: Why I’m Not an Anti-Vaxxer,”, June 22, 2023