Don’t say you weren’t warned!

Why the A.I. euphoria is doomed to fail | VentureBeat

“The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.” – Edsger W. Dijkstra, computer scientist.

Source: Why the A.I. euphoria is doomed to fail | VentureBeat | Bots | Evgeny Chereshnev, Kaspersky Lab

Schmidt & Thrun: let’s stop freaking out about artificial intelligence


Oh. Ok, fellas. But only because you said so.


From Fortune:

Go teacher Jo Gyung-Ho (R) plays against student Mori Chisaki (L) at the Lee Se-Dol School for ‘Go’ in Seoul in March 2016. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

For us, ultimately the hypothetical, long-term concerns are far outweighed by our excitement for the endless possibilities. Even today AI is already doing a lot of good for all of us. We can’t wait to see AI free us of mindless, menial work and empower us to unfold our true creative powers.

Source: Eric Schmidt & Sebastian Thrun: Artificial Intelligence Has Potential – Fortune

Not just another discussion about whether AI is going to destroy us


An interesting article summarising some particular points of interest that arose from a panel discussion about artificial intelligence that was held in London late 2015. 


From TechCrunch:

“Machines may well be moral beings at some point but at the moment it’s not about ethics, it’s about safety. It’s about making sure that as AIs get more and more powerful that they are safe for humans. They don’t care about us, they don’t care about anything. They don’t know they exist. But they can do us damage, or they can provide benefits and we need to thinking about how to make them safe.”

Read full article: Not Just Another Discussion About Whether AI Is Going To Destroy Us | TechCrunch

The Master Algorithm: a world remade by machines that learn

From New Scientist:

The book is about the quest for that one master algorithm which would change machine learning, and hence our lives, irrevocably. If it exists, says Domingos, the master algorithm can derive all knowledge in the world “past, present, and future – from data” …

It’s hard to avoid the feeling that machine learning is only going to increase the rift between the haves and the have-nots, as we enter a new phase of survival of the fittest. As Domingos writes, “He who learns fastest wins”, and machine learning “is the latest chapter in the arms race of life on Earth”.

Read more: The Master Algorithm: A world remade by machines that learn | New Scientist

Humans to become ‘God-like cyborgs’

From International Business Times:

Within the next 200 years, humans will become God-like cyborgs, merging man and machine to live forever …

[Professor] Yuval Noah Harari … said human dissatisfaction will drive mankind to “upgrade themselves” – and that cyborg technology will allow them to do this.

Source: Humans to become ‘God-like cyborgs’ within 200 years as they ‘upgrade themselves’

AI ‘could leave half of world unemployed’

From The Guardian:

Photograph: Science Picture Co./Corbis

Computer scientist Moshe Vardi tells colleagues that change could come within 30 years, raising the question: ‘What will humans do?’

… Vardi insisted that even if machines make life easier, humanity will face an existential challenge.

“I do not find this a promising future, as I do not find the prospect of leisure-only life appealing,” he said. “I believe that work is essential to human wellbeing.”

Read more: Would you bet against sex robots? AI ‘could leave half of world unemployed’ | Technology | The Guardian

Robot panic peaked in 2015 – so where will AI go next?

From The Guardian:

Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty Images

Ever since IBM’s Deep Blue defeated then world chess champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game contest in May 1997, humanity has been looking over its shoulder as computers have been running up the inside rail. What task that we thought was our exclusive preserve will they conquer next? What jobs will they take? And what jobs will be left for humans when they do?

Source: Robot panic peaked in 2015 – so where will AI go next? | Technology | The Guardian

How to create a malevolent artificial intelligence


Check out the warning signs.


From MIT Technology Review:

Computer scientists have begun to analyze the unintended consequences of poorly designed AI systems, of AI systems created with faulty ethical frameworks or ones that do not share human values.

But there’s an important omission in this field, say independent researchers … “Nothing, to our knowledge, has been published on how to design a malevolent machine”.

That’s a significant problem because computer security specialists must understand the beast they are up against before they can hope to defeat it.

Read more: How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence ‘will not end human race’


I’ll just leave this quote here …

“If there is a way of guaranteeing that super artificial intellects will never harm human beings, then such intellects will be created. If there is no way to have such a guarantee, then they will probably be created nevertheless.” – Nick Bostrom, How Long Before Superintelligence? (1997)


From The Guardian:

Eric Horvitz [the head of Microsoft’s main research lab] believed that humans would not “lose control of certain kinds of intelligences”, adding: “In the end we’ll be able to get incredible benefits from machine intelligence in all realms of life …”However, he acknowledged that advances in AI were likely to have [a] significant impact on society and pose numerous legal, ethical, economic and psychological issues.

“We’ll need to remain vigilant about assessing and continuing to address potential risks and rough edges … We need to be assured that systems working in high-stakes areas will behave safely and in accordance with our goals …”

Photograph: Microsoft

Photograph: Microsoft

Source: Artificial intelligence ‘will not end human race’ | Technology | The Guardian

Are the robots about to rise? Google’s director of engineering thinks so


Article is from 2014. So only a little over a decade to go now.


From The Guardian:

Photograph: ZackaryCanepari/PanosPictures

Photograph: ZackaryCanepari/PanosPictures

When Kurzweil first started talking about the “singularity”… he was dismissed as a fantasist. He has been saying for years that he believes that the Turing test – the moment at which a computer will exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human – will be passed in 2029. The difference is that when he began saying it, the fax machine hadn’t been invented. But now, well …”

Source: Are the robots about to rise? Google’s new director of engineering thinks so… | Technology | The Guardian