Lab deputy director reassures on artificial intelligence
For those who worry about artificial intelligence taking over, Horst Simon, deputy dir. of the Berkeley Livermore National Lab, had a story. When he was in junior high school, he bult a computer that could play tic tac toe, and after learning its patterns, he beat it ten times in a row. At that point he sat back, suspecting that computer was angry at him. As he looked at it, he realized "it was just a bunch of wires and light bulbs. There's nothing there that can get upset." AI is more capable but no more emotive than his tic tac toe machine, he said.