Douglas Eldridge's Rhetorical Analysis Essay

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Introduction: The purpose of this analysis is to examine the rhetorical appeals of an argument presented by two different authors who have written on the topic of Artificial Intelligence. Douglas Eldridge’s, “Why the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence outweigh the Risks” provides the potential positives to the rise of Artificial Intelligence. He dispels some of the common myths regarding the risks of AI, suggesting that these myths are either unfounded or not so risky. Douglas employs notable examples to support his claims and rightfully proves why AI is not as risky as seen by the public. David Parnas’ “The Real Risks of Artificial Intelligence” focuses on the unseen negative aspects of Artificial Intelligence. He argues that AI programs can be untrustworthy and even in some cases, destructive due to the programming approach that programmers take. While Parnas is negative about the concept of Artificial Intelligence, Eldridge see Artificial Intelligence in a brighter light. Both authors present their arguments differently in terms of tone, level of diction, examples and organization. Additionally,…show more content…
Based upon the analysis, Parnas’ article is geared more towards people involved in the field of Artificial Intelligence where Eldridge’s article is geared towards people who are not necessarily knowledgeable about Artificial Intelligence yet are interested to learn more about the topic. Throughout the article, Parnas maintains the skeptical attitude towards Artificial Intelligence, literally ending with “Devices that use heuristics to create the illusion of Intelligence present a risk we should not accept” (Parnas, 6). Eldridge on the other hand, maintains a positive attitude throughout the article despite the shortcomings of AI. Together, both authors provide compelling arguments for and against Artificial
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