A new threat. Artificial Intelligence holds tremendous promise and is sure to change all of our lives over the next few decades, but some companies are starting to realize that AI is truly a double-edged sword. In recent earnings reports, both Google and Microsoft, two companies with huge investments in AI, started listing the technology as a risk factor. On the one hand this could be warning to investors and maybe the world that we should be prepared if, say, AI does become self-aware and attack us (okay, it doesn’t say that). More likely these statements about ethics and bias risks are cover-your-you-know-what moves, in case a bit of home-grown AI makes some truly embarrassing or boneheaded decisions that lead the company to court or some big financial loss. Remember when AI was fun?