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2/24/2015
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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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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.
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.
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. :-)
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.
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