Safe and Ethical Artificial Intelligence

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 11:15

A dozen scientists, computer scientists, engineers and philosophers have been discussing questions of decision-making responsibility for autonomous vehicles and have devised standards that up to now have not existed.

Monday, April 23, 2018 - 10:08
Social media

Facebook may tighten up its privacy controls and user interface. Google will sigh with relief, because it wasn’t them this time, and you’ll continue to download those apps. Apps that suck up your location data, your Facebook profile and then match you to events that you’ll enjoy in your area based on smoke and mirrors.

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 15:06
Larry Page

The Singularity, the term for the moment machines surpass humans in intelligence, marks a theoretical shift when humanity loses its ability to predict or even fully understand how the future will unfold. A great flood of new, synthetic planetary intelligence will swallow reality as we know it.

Friday, April 13, 2018 - 10:06

In the quest to create intelligent robots, designers tend to focus on purely rational, cognitive capacities. It’s tempting to disregard emotion entirely, or include only as much as necessary. But without emotion to help determine the personal significance of objects and actions, I doubt that true intelligence can exist – not the kind that beats human opponents at chess or the game of Go, but the sort of smarts that we humans recognize as such.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 15:19
MQ-9 Reaper

The US Army recently announced that it is developing the first drones that can spot and target vehicles and people using artificial intelligence (AI). Once complete, these drones will represent the ultimate militarisation of AI and trigger vast legal and ethical implications for wider society. There is a chance that warfare will move from fighting to extermination, losing any semblance of humanity in the process.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 14:58
Atlas robot

Autonomous weapons – killer robots that can attack without a human operator – are dangerous tools. There is no doubt about this fact. As tech entrepreneurs such as Elon Musk, Mustafa Suleyman and other signatories to a recent open letter to the United Nations have put it, autonomous weapons ‘can be weapons of terror, weapons that despots and terrorists use against innocent populations, and weapons [that can be] hacked to behave in undesirable ways’.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 14:16
Uber Self Driving Car

Machine learning suffers from a fundamental problem in that its ability to carry out a task depends on data that is used to train it. Given the past, there is no reason to believe that companies who are implementing systems based on AI are thinking of security and privacy by design.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 13:48
Dungeons and Dragons

An AI that could engage in social storytelling is doubtless on a surer, more multifunctional footing than one that plays chess; and there’s no guarantee that chess is even a step on the road to attaining intelligence of this sort. So instead of beating adversaries in games, we might learn more about intelligence if we tried to teach artificial agents to play together as we do: as paladins and elf rangers.

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 12:51
Given the fears surrounding this technology, it’s important for the public to clearly understand the distinctions between different levels of AI so that they can realistically assess the potential threats and benefits.
Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 17:36
Killer Robot
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology has partnered with a weapons manufacturer with the stated intent of developing defense technology, leading to a boycott by AI experts who fear the partnership will result in the creation of "killer robots."