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No, AI Won’t Kill Us All

When famous technologists and scientists fear the menace of thinking machines, it's time to worry, right? Not really, because computers lack the imagination to wreak havoc, says one AI expert.
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(Image: No comparison: Kasparov versus Deep Blue via Stanford University)

(Image: No comparison: Kasparov versus Deep Blue via Stanford University)

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vnewman2
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2/24/2015 | 12:54:27 PM
I am human hear me roar
I always tell the masses here at the firm when they complain their system is doing this or that and how it "should know" - be glad it doesn't. I tell them the computer is only as smart as it is programmed to be and therefore YOU are smarter than the computer - otherwise it wouldn't need anyone there to provide any input to tell it what to do. It would just know. And YOU would be out of a job if that were the case.
TerryB
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2/24/2015 | 1:39:34 PM
Wishful Thinking
The scientist sounds exactly like the guy that invented SkyNet. It wasn't created to do bad things either. I'm struggling to understand the difference in imagination and faulty logic.

His only point which is absolutely true is we are light years from creating AI we have to be scared of yet. But in longer run, I don't think it is out of realm of "analyzing data" that a computer might conclude something would work better with humans out of the loop.  And that something might be existence. :-)
Charlie Babcock
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2/24/2015 | 4:05:31 PM
From where will computers get their paranoia?
TerryB, for computers to conclude that something would work better with humans out of the way, they'd need to be both competitive and paranoid. That is, they'd need to understand that they were in a competition for resources with humans and conclude that they were likely to lose out if they don't get rid of humans. Such thinking, to me, is the exclusive domain of the human race and can't be projected onto computers, even AI machines.
D. Henschen
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2/24/2015 | 5:21:17 PM
Re: From where will computers get their paranoia?
Good point, Charlie. I think the people who imagine that AI might be a threat tend to be those who can imagine all the sorts of nefarious things that humans are capable of. Suspicious minds, as Elvis would have it.
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2/24/2015 | 9:32:17 PM
Re: I am human hear me roar
@ vnewman2. I agree. If computers were as smart as technologies have indicated, we will all be out of jobs.  I agree that this fear is overblown.   I really believe that technologists should focus on problems which are nearby, not hypothetical problems, some of these include youth unemployment, increasing healthcare cost and stagnant salaries. If our country have youth with not hope for the future and nothing nothing, I take the AI robots any time

 
Broadway0474
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2/24/2015 | 11:24:15 PM
Re: I am human hear me roar
@Pedro, I can't tell you the number of research reports I've seen in the past year about job market trends stating the one major trend beind that automation is taking jobs. Whether that automation is based on robots or some other form of computing, the threat of people losing jobs is real. We won't ALL be out of jobs. The side effect appears that this trend creates more higher-end jobs for the educated, but these additions in no way make up for the losses at the other end of the job spectrum.
SachinEE
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2/24/2015 | 11:46:13 PM
Re: I am human hear me roar
@broadway: I agree. I read in a blog that a person was arguing that the employees who lost their jobs can learn how to control and manage the automation systems. What he/she didn't realize is that it would create unnecessary competition and wasting of resources. Also it would take ten times lesser people to manage the automation systems than the actual labourer count. So the equation remains unbalanced.
SachinEE
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2/24/2015 | 11:52:00 PM
Re: From where will computers get their paranoia?
@charlie: Technologists often dream about a day where independent AI would be able to work side by side with humans without attempting to replace them because lets face it, AIs would become way more powerful in the next 50 years and it is not long before a self learning AI would be developed and it can learn through experiences. An AI as advanced as the human brain cannot be made until a hundred years, but after that is accomplished, I think there would be a lot of flexibility between humans and AI.
SachinEE
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2/25/2015 | 12:24:30 AM
Re: I am human hear me roar
@vnewman2: Nice take on the complaining masses. There aren't any happy endings while dealing with computers which fail at times we don't expect it too (yes, BlueScreen Of Death I am talking to you too). But I'm just glad it isn't intelligent enough to replace us.
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2/25/2015 | 9:27:30 AM
Re: I am human hear me roar
The problem is not that computers with AI will wreak their evil will, it is that the humans directing them can (and have) used it to amplify their feeble human powers.   Computers are amplifiers of human intention -- for good or for  ill
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