Who Is Overseeing AI?
Progress in AI will unfold in unexpected ways and some of the present concerns will turn out to be unfounded, especially among those concerning the far off future. But this argument cuts both ways; we can be sure that there are risks that are not currently appreciated. It is not clear what exact course of action is called for, but those that know the most about AI cannot be complacent.
The path and implications of strong AI, or what we can think of as true AI, is less clear. We need to be vigilant and push for academics, corporations, and governments to see AI as a way to improve lives and society for the better rather than as a vehicle for surveillance and control.
We don’t need to be scared, but we do need to be informed and active as AI takes an important role in society.
We Can’t Understand It
Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.
No one really knows how the most advanced algorithms do what they do. That could be a problem.
AI And Humanity
New tech spawns new anxieties, says scientist and philosopher Grady Booch, but we don’t need to be afraid an all-powerful, unfeeling AI. Booch allays our worst (sci-fi induced) fears about superintelligent computers by explaining how we’ll teach, not program, them to share our human values. Rather than worry about an unlikely existential threat, he urges us to consider how artificial intelligence will enhance human life.
HBO’s television show asks some deep philosophical questions about the ethics of artificial intelligence and consciousness. While we’re not likely to see results as bloody as on the show, it might be best to not mistreat our robot counterparts.
AI is already pervasive on this planet and will continue to spread, deepen, diversify, and amplify. No invention before will match its power to change our world, and by century’s end AI will touch and remake everything in our lives. Still the myth of a superhuman AI, poised to either gift us super-abundance or smite us into super-slavery (or both), will probably remain alive—a possibility too mythical to dismiss
Superhuman machines are on their way, says Sam Harris, but we haven’t yet grappled with the problems they will pose.
Now, Homo sapiens is on the brink of an upgrade—sort of. As we become increasingly skilled at deploying artificial intelligence, big data, and algorithms to do everything from easing traffic to diagnosing cancer, we’ll transform into a new breed of superhuman.
While Elon Musk works to advance the field of artificial intelligence, he also believes there is an astronomically high likelihood that AI will pose a threat to humanity in the future. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the tech luminary claimed we have only a five to 10 percent chance of success at making AI safe.
A ‘Concious’ AI
But just how close are we to having machines with the intelligence of a human—machines that we can talk with and work with like we do any other individual? Machines that are conscious?
Yann LeCun, Director of AI Research at Facebook and a professor of computer science at NYU, thinks that we may be overestimating the abilities of today’s AI, and, thus building up a bit of hype.
AI And Computers
In a short series of tweets, Elon Musk identified the very real possibility of AI being used to cripple the internet.
Cyber security is a major issue facing the further development of AI systems. Development must focus on perfecting the technology as well as protecting it, and us.
The advancement of artificial intelligence could lead to improved cyberattacks that we’re unequipped to deal with. While such attacks could be far off, many experts believe they’ll begin much sooner.
Developing Too Fast
Artificial intelligence is developing at a rate that’s faster than many experts have imagined. Some are calling for better tracking of its progress to make sure the technology does not prove harmful.
Algorithms can make bad decisions that have serious impacts on people’s lives, leading to calls for a third party body to ensure transparency and fairness
Artificial intelligence has the potential to be a great boon to our society, but we must be able to properly understand and control its effects. Decisions made by an AI need to be simply explainable and understandable by humans.
Microsoft’s Kate Crawford told SXSW that society must prepare for authoritarian movements to test the ‘power without accountability’ of AI