Artificial Intelligence Could Destroy Us All
Matt Miller: It's time we started the conservation about out-of-control AI
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2013 1:08 PM CST
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(Newser) – Matt Miller admits his fears sound like the "ravings of a crank," but he's worried about how rapidly the concept of a artificial intelligence is entering everyday life and how little we humans have considered the possibilities of it running amok. "Are we creating machines that are destined to destroy us?" he asks in the Washington Post. It's not just Miller who's worried, however. He cites some big-name thinkers in the field similarly paranoid "that a toxic mix of artificial intelligence, robotics, and bio- and nanotechnology could make previous threats of nuclear devastation seem 'easy' to manage by comparison."

He notes that he ended a recent interview with author James Barrat with what he thought was a joke question about moving to a desert island in the event of catastrophe. Barrat's response? "It was alarming how many people I talked to who are highly placed people in AI who have retreats that are sort of ‘bug out’ houses” for just that reason. If nothing else, "it’s time to take this conversation beyond a few hundred technology sector insiders," writes Miller. President Obama can "kick-start the national debate" next month in his State of the Union address by appointing an AI commission. Click for Miller's full column.

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Ezekiel 25:17
Dec 24, 2013 12:31 PM CST
Its everywhere and in places that affect your life the most. Take Iphone auto-correct as the prime offender. When the 4 came out, I finally bought one. I was typing a facebook post and it auto corrected me to write the "N" word. There is was in total clarity, it had inserted the "N" word in my post. How on Earth did it even get in the Apple lexicon? I reported it to Apple and it has not done it so far with the 5. But almost as bad is it attempting to think for me. So turning it off was absolutely necessary. Google search is just as bad. Those Bing commercials are dead to right. Enter a search term and the first 10 are commercial returns barely related. But then Apple map severely peeves me off. It has been ok as a navigator especially in Dallas with the 635 crap going on. But the family wanted to try out a suggested restaurant and I put in the name of it and it returned a map of Polermo, Italy. Then I told the family, well, we know its got to be good. But it goes to automation in cars. One day several years ago, my SUV wouldn't start. It flashed a message on the display panel that said, "Gearbox Failure." Really, how in hell does a gearbox fail sitting in the driveway? So I call the dealership and ask to speak to my personal service adviser. I tell him what it said and he replied, "Oh, just get someone to give you a jump, you have a low battery." Then I thought what kind of hell did Land Rover invent to come up with that logic.
TwoSheds
Dec 20, 2013 3:50 AM CST
Let's get rid of the spies first. They are just stealing our resources, and there are jobs for them in the private sector.
People_Suck
Dec 19, 2013 6:43 PM CST
If we make them like us then they will be destined to destroy themselves.