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Artificial Intelligence: The Risks Could Outweigh the Rewards

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As technology rapidly progresses, some proponents of artificial intelligence believe that it will help solve complex social challenges and offer immortality via virtual humans. But AI'€™s critics are sounding the alarm, going so far as to call its development an '€œexistential threat'€ to mankind. Is this the stuff of science fiction? Could the '€œTerminator'€ become reality, or will these fears prevent the next technological revolution?


The computer scientist Stuart Russell wants to ensure that our increasingly intelligent machines remain aligned with human values.

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Stuart Russell

The possibility of creating thinking machines raises a host of ethical issues.

Friday, May 13, 2016
Nick Bostrom and Eliezer Yudkowsky

Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks, says a group of leading scientists.

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Stephen Hawking
Our most powerful 21st-century technologies – robotics, genetic engineering, and nanotech – are threatening to make humans an endangered species.
Saturday, April 1, 2000
Bill Joy
There are dangerous aspects of developing general AI, besides the Intelligence Explosion scenario.
Monday, November 30, 2015
Viktoriya Krakovna

It'€™s likely that machines will be smarter than us before the end of the century'€”not just at chess or trivia questions but at just about everything, from mathematics and engineering to science and medicine. What risks lie ahead?

Thursday, October 24, 2013
Gary Marcus
The freedom to offend the powerful is not equivalent to the freedom to bully the relatively disempowered.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Ray Kurzweil
In this paper we will look at some of the reasons for needing the development of 'conscious' or 'self-aware' Artificial Intelligence, also known as 'Strong-AI' or Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), and the apparent risks involved in doing so. Throughout this paper it will become apparent that the need for this development is closely related to taking control of the risks.
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Hans Peter Willems
Google’s artificial-intelligence researchers believe there are more urgent matters than the potential destruction of humanity at the hands of superintelligent machines, and that anyone talking about how AI will destroy us all is being “preposterous.”
Monday, June 8, 2015
Amir Mizroch
To view the debate over AI purely in terms of humans vs. the machines misses the point. It’s not us vs. them in a race for mastery of planet Earth. What’s more likely is some form of hybrid evolution in which humans remain in charge but develop augmented capabilities as a result of technology.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Dominic Basulto
After years of sci-fi movies showing artificial intelligence through characters like J.A.R.V.I.S., C-3PO, and the T-1000, the concept of AI is finally knocking on our doors.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
Christian de Looper, Tech Times, August 28, 2016
Fear of AI comes from some fundamental misunderstandings of the nature of the undeniable progress that is being made in AI, and from a misunderstanding of how far we really are from having volitional or intentional artificially intelligent beings, whether they be deeply benevolent or malevolent.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Rodney Brooks
The quest for artificial intelligence (AI) began over 70 years ago, with the idea that computers would one day be able to think like us. New approaches to AI, coupled with advances in technology, mean that we may now be on the brink of realising those pioneers’ dreams.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
The age of intelligent machines has arrived—only they don't look at all like we expected.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Christopher Mims
Four leading researchers share their concerns and solutions for reducing societal risks from intelligent machines.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Open letter urging responsible and socially beneficial research and use of AI.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Future of Life Institute
Monday, February 22, 2016
Christina Mercer
Current Technology
A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings, is specialized for mobile manipulation, electrically powered and hydraulically actuated.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Boston Dynamics
For almost 60 years, AI researchers have predicted that AI is right around the corner, yet until a few years ago it seemed as stuck in the future as ever. There was even a term coined to describe this era of meager results and even more meager research funding: The AI Winter. Has anything really changed?
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Kevin Kelly
‘Agent’ hailed as first step towards true AI as it gets adept at playing 49 retro computer games and comes up with its own winning strategies
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Hannah Devlin
Amelia is an artificial intelligence. She exists, in commercial form, today. And she wants to take over about a quarter of all jobs within two decades.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Michael Rundlem
People who worry that we’re on course to invent dangerously intelligent machines are misunderstanding the state of computer science.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Will Knight
Economic Impact
Experts are deeply divided on how advances in AI and robotics will impact the economic and employment picture over the next decade.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Aaron Smith And Janna Anderson
Automation may be destroying jobs faster than it's creating new ones, but all hope isn't lost. TechRepublic spoke to MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson on changing the course of the future.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Nick Heath
We need to let robots take over. They will do jobs we have been doing, and do them much better than we can. They will do jobs we can’t do at all. They will do jobs we never imagined even needed to be done. And they will help us discover new jobs for ourselves, new tasks that expand who we are.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Kevin Kelly
It’s time quit worrying about Terminators and Transformers and focus on the more likely possibility: that machines will kill our jobs long before they kill us.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Robert Hof
Weaponized AI
We believe that AI has great potential to benefit humanity in many ways, and that the goal of the field should be to do so. Starting a military AI arms race is a bad idea, and should be prevented by a ban on offensive autonomous weapons beyond meaningful human control.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Future of Life Institute
Intelligent weapons are too easily converted by software engineers into indiscriminate killing machines.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Zach Musgrave And Bryan W. Roberts
Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and a host of other science and tech luminaries today added their names to a document that calls for stopping a weaponized AI arms race in its tracks before countries and companies are forced to compete with each other to build deadlier and deadlier autonomous weapons. But not every scientist thinks AI should be banned from having kill orders.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Andrew Moseman