March 3, 2015

Striking the Balance on Artificial Intelligence

For decades Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) research made progress on concrete, specific tasks (recognizing faces, playing games, answering queries) while failing at big-picture problems (moving around an unconstrained environment, understanding and producing language). However, the current boom, fueled by progress in deep learning and traditional techniques, makes it likely that progress on big-picture questions will be steadier from now on. The potential benefits are extraordinary, but it also raises the question of possible harms. The crucial issue is how to reap the benefits while avoiding unlikely but catastrophic consequences.

Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Lord Martin Rees, to name a few, have discussed the matter of A.I. and its role in world, especially relating to security and the general populace. They warned that the use of A.I. should be handled correctly and that the misuse of the advances can lead to greater challenges.

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