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Professor: Artificial Intelligence As Dangerous As Nuclear Weapons

21st Century Wire says…

A growing number of experts are raising huge concerns about A.I. development.

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Professor Stuart Russell of the University of California in Berkeley has compared the development of A.I. with that of nuclear weaponry.

Professor Russell said that ‘from the beginning, the primary interest in nuclear technology was the inexhaustible supply of energy’, and A.I. is following a similar path seeking an ‘unlimited amount of intelligence’. He warns that ‘both seem wonderful until one thinks of the possible risks’.

Continuing, Russell said that ‘the regulation of nuclear weapons deals with objects and materials, whereas with AI it will be a bewildering variety of software that we cannot yet describe’.

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Coming to a reality near you… (Photo Credit: Sara Kelly)

Hoping we will not come to a point where such super intelligence is achieved is also thought to be incredibly foolish by the Professor. He said that ‘to those who say, well, we may never get to human-level or superintelligent AI, I would reply: It’s like driving straight toward a cliff and saying, ‘Let’s hope I run out of gas soon!’

Russell’s greatest concern with A.I. technology is its usage by the military and in weapon systems, where he feels it could be easily exploited. Of this, he said ‘the basic scenario is explicit or implicit value misalignment’, where ‘A.I. systems that are given objectives that don’t take into account all the elements that humans care about’. Similar concerns are currently being voiced in relation to self-driving cars.

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Should A.I. minds ever have full control of weaponry? (Photo Credit: Dr. Michel Royon)

A growing number of leading experts in this field are coming forward with similar understandings of the problems A.I. may cause. Elon Musk, the Canadian-American investor and owner of Space X, has said ‘ we need to be super careful with A.I.’, as it could be ‘potentially more dangerous than nukes’. Meanwhile, Professor Stephen Hawking joined an open letter from experts saying safeguards are needed to ensure A.I. has a positive impact on mankind.

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‘Artificial Intelligence is as dangerous as NUCLEAR WEAPONS’: AI pioneer warns smart computers could doom mankind

Daily Mail

Artificial intelligence has the potential to be as dangerous to mankind as nuclear weapons, a leading pioneer of the technology has claimed.

Professor Stuart Russell, a computer scientist who has lead research on artificial intelligence, fears humanity might be ‘driving off a cliff’ with the rapid development of AI.

He fears the technology could too easily be exploited for use by the military in weapons, putting them under the control of AI systems.

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