AI doesn’t need to be ‘evil’ to be dangerous

Date:30 August 2017 Tags:, ,

Unsurprisingly, myths and facts about AI are more complicated than they appear.

By Avery Thompson

It seems like we have enough apocalyptic scenarios to worry about with climate change and the threat of nuclear warfare. However yet another worrisome threat is looming on the horizon: artificial intelligence. While today’s machine brains spend their time answering your questions or putting eyeballs all over famous paintings, future AI will likely end up smarter and better than us at everything.

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That possibility has alarmed many tech people, including Elon Musk. Musk has previously spoken against the use of AI in weaponry, and his company Neuralink is trying to use brain implants or other devices to improve humans’ mental capacities in order to keep pace with AIs.

But are AIs really the apocalyptic threat that people make them out to be? YouTube channel MinutePhysics sat down with artificial intellegence researcher Max Tegmark to answer some common questions. Watch the video above.

Simply put, it has the potential to be a great force for good. But there’s a risk involved if we aren’t careful. Super-intelligent AI could destroy us or make us even better, so it’s important we figure out how to make it friendly. We do have some time – most experts believe we won’t be truly outsmarted by AI for a few decades at least – but it might take all that time to iron out the details.

Hopefully the experts can figure out a solution before it’s too late.

Source: MinutePhysics
From: PM USA