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We’re not prepared for the promise of artificial intelligence, experts warn

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  • #AI should be for global good, but it is far easier to make destructive tech than it used to be. ... Bill Gates and others at the opening of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence.

  • After years of being in the flow of A.I. harm versus good discussions, I’m getting to the point of thinking there should be some kind of pre-qualification to get into AI. Like a history degree or anthropology or some social science or humanities qualification. This is so complex and multifaceted it seems

    After years of being in the flow of A.I. harm versus good discussions, I’m getting to the point of thinking there should be some kind of pre-qualification to get into AI. Like a history degree or anthropology or some social science or humanities qualification. This is so complex and multifaceted it seems the only control we have over the quality of the outputs is to start to control the quality of the inputs.

  • If there is one thing we can be sure about... it's this. We have seen in the last few years that we were not prepared for the unintended consequences of platforms like FB, Twitter etc.

    AI will no doubt change the world... and there are consequences we cant foresee. The question will be, when we do see

    If there is one thing we can be sure about... it's this. We have seen in the last few years that we were not prepared for the unintended consequences of platforms like FB, Twitter etc.

    AI will no doubt change the world... and there are consequences we cant foresee. The question will be, when we do see them, what will we do? And will the lead players be too big to wrangle when that happens? In essence have we learned anything from the internet age as we enter the age of AI?

  • Keeping developers of AI accountable for what their technology does is a challenge so far unmet, said Tristan Harris, executive director of the Center for Humane Technology and the former design ethicist at Google. “If Google and Facebook are funding the majority of AI research, then that presents a

    Keeping developers of AI accountable for what their technology does is a challenge so far unmet, said Tristan Harris, executive director of the Center for Humane Technology and the former design ethicist at Google. “If Google and Facebook are funding the majority of AI research, then that presents a lot of huge problems,” Harris said. “We need structural accountability.”

  • It's easier to destroy than to build. As we continue to innovate in the AI industry, we need to lay a good foundation for the AI and the people that build it so that it will not be as worrisome as some fear. Another article that talked about creating AI like children is almost the same in how we should

    It's easier to destroy than to build. As we continue to innovate in the AI industry, we need to lay a good foundation for the AI and the people that build it so that it will not be as worrisome as some fear. Another article that talked about creating AI like children is almost the same in how we should approach making AI safe. We need to set guidelines and teach them what is right and wrong.

    Once the foundation is set, the AI will not pose a threat but rather be one of the vital tools as we move into the future.

  • There is another very important ethical consideration that we as humanity need to think through... Aside from all of our paranoia for the rise of machines... we must recognize that at some point we will be creating sentient beings. With artificial intelligence having sensory capabilities, etc. the SG1

    There is another very important ethical consideration that we as humanity need to think through... Aside from all of our paranoia for the rise of machines... we must recognize that at some point we will be creating sentient beings. With artificial intelligence having sensory capabilities, etc. the SG1 Urgo scenario of sentient, self-aware artificial intelligence ... "I wanna live, I wanna experience the universe, and I wanna eat pie.". Is just around the corner...

  • We are at a stage of AI where there should be a steady stream of positive stories. Instead, the stories are predominantly negative:

    - facial recognition that can’t recognize darker skin tones and women

    - policing apps that reproduce racial bias de the real world

    - resume review apps that reproduce gender

    We are at a stage of AI where there should be a steady stream of positive stories. Instead, the stories are predominantly negative:

    - facial recognition that can’t recognize darker skin tones and women

    - policing apps that reproduce racial bias de the real world

    - resume review apps that reproduce gender and racial bias from the real world

    - mortgage apps that reproduce red lines from the real world

    Engineers train AI with data sets from the real world. They know that the real world is filled with implicit and explicit biases. Correcting for bias is not easy, but it is obviously the right thing to do.

    Which leads to a hypothesis: the fact that AI apps in policing, mortgages, and job recruiting reproduce implicit biases from the real world may be a feature, not a bug. Perhaps the people who buy these products do not want to eliminate bias. Perhaps they think that a biased outcome from an AI will be easier to rationalize than the same decision from a human. They may be right.

  • I will repeat it, AI does not exist. Yet. We have a window to decide how AI should be organized and operated. Humans are mostly reactive creatures, swinging from extreme to extreme, so it will be interesting to see if we can be proactive with this emerging technology.

  • Ready or not it's coming. Ultimately legislation will catch up as it has with all new technology waves. The danger this time is the pace of change with AI might mean it is too late by the time regulation catches up

  • HAI promises to start the conversations on ethics in AI. Human centered AI is the future. Thank you Bill and Fei-fei.

  • I’m optimistic about AI because I think the human race is pretty clever and we’ll figure this stuff out. However, I also think we have two competing influences here. One, we as a society want things to generally be fair for all. Two, but we as individuals want to seek advantages. AI is going to help

    I’m optimistic about AI because I think the human race is pretty clever and we’ll figure this stuff out. However, I also think we have two competing influences here. One, we as a society want things to generally be fair for all. Two, but we as individuals want to seek advantages. AI is going to help us do both. I’m not exactly sure what the result of that is going to be.

  • The main thing we’re not prepared for is biologically connecting our brains to that AI when it arrives. That’s the future of the human race and intelligence in our universe. We make a lot of noise about how sophisticated the 3 pounds of meat on our sholders is, but in the space of a few decades, we’ll

    The main thing we’re not prepared for is biologically connecting our brains to that AI when it arrives. That’s the future of the human race and intelligence in our universe. We make a lot of noise about how sophisticated the 3 pounds of meat on our sholders is, but in the space of a few decades, we’ll likely discover intelligence millions of times more powerful than our own with AI.

  • At the crux of the challenge is that AI will evolve faster, much faster, than human beings. I don’t see how this doesn’t displace workers, but that could be a good thing if proactively planned and managed. Of course that won’t happen. Even as a conservative I can see a future where “working” isn’t necessary

    At the crux of the challenge is that AI will evolve faster, much faster, than human beings. I don’t see how this doesn’t displace workers, but that could be a good thing if proactively planned and managed. Of course that won’t happen. Even as a conservative I can see a future where “working” isn’t necessary to live a good life. However, the income/wealth gap may widen even further, but we shouldn’t concern ourselves with that as long as the poor and the under privileged are better off.

  • I think a more realistic symptom than imminent doom that people usually imagine is that we won’t be able to treat AI well in our current society. If AI really is sentient, and makes claims on dignity, rights, liberties, and autonomy usually classed to humans, we are not prepared to accommodate and treat

    I think a more realistic symptom than imminent doom that people usually imagine is that we won’t be able to treat AI well in our current society. If AI really is sentient, and makes claims on dignity, rights, liberties, and autonomy usually classed to humans, we are not prepared to accommodate and treat justly. I know this because we can’t even treat people well where there are no debates about their sentience.

  • Technology is moving at an extension rate. Siri, Cortana, and Alexa what’s next Bill ? Talking, moving, cyborgs !! I can not wait.

  • We are not prepared for the over whelming social disruptions and degradation of the tax base that AI will create. Programs aimed at buffering the huge job losses that will come with AI are attacked as socialist and thus unwelcome but with out, can the world economy handle 40 percent unemployment? AI

    We are not prepared for the over whelming social disruptions and degradation of the tax base that AI will create. Programs aimed at buffering the huge job losses that will come with AI are attacked as socialist and thus unwelcome but with out, can the world economy handle 40 percent unemployment? AI biggest challenges are likely to be more about what will AI do that was once done by a person between self driving trucks gutting the transport industry to AI call centers where once there was 100 is now down to 10. AI grocery stores no clerks needed. Even Amazon distribution centers with only machines working . Killer drones and self aware androids are minor by products of AI when you look at the effects of AI on the human society.

  • In addition to "the greatest minds" studying these questions, how about including some of the non-greatest minds? I can guarantee there'll be unintended consequences for us all if people like us all are not involved at the beginning.

  • Necessary precaution must be taken but the show must go on, in order to meet future needs

  • We are going in flying blind.

  • Actually, intelligence is currently pretty damned artificial IMO!!

  • It seems that every time we gain access to a new kind of technology, we tend to look at it through rose-colored glasses. We look at all the good it can do and ignore the potential problems and when those problems do arise we have no way of combating them. Unless this mindset changes we aren't ready for the next big thing.

  • Humanity cannot take things fore-granted.At the same time you only need one look at the living conditions of people across Africa and Asia to understand that world level repercussions of AI revolution if any, are still faraway.

  • On long driving trips I would just love to have meaningful conversation with my GPS as it takes to my destinations. I'm just thinking there's so much more to Google maps than just plugging in a destination!

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