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Dear Elon Musk: AI Demon Not Scariest
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Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
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10/29/2014 | 6:31:02 PM
Re: Intelligence without emotion
> there are potential issues with it, like its intrisic lack of emotion. 

I don't know that it's trust simulated emotion to do the right thing any more than I'd trust its absence. There's a reason the DoD requires that all robotic weapon systems depend on humans to trigger weapons.
Michael Endler
Michael Endler,
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10/29/2014 | 6:12:30 PM
Strange hyperbole
So odd that he used all this Biblical imagery, as though to project onto machines not only intelligence, but also consciousness, intentionality, desire and all kinds of other attributes. I worry more about so-called intelligence that we trust too much and that comes back to bite us-- more the sort of oversight or tunnel-vision that Thomas discusses here. I'm not as worried about the machines trying to rebel, or challenging our notion or personhood, or whatever Musk was getting at.
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
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10/29/2014 | 4:59:10 PM
Drive to survive is biological, not electro-mechanical
Nice column, especially the list of things we should be worrying about. Elon Musk has heard the phrase "machine learning" once too often and is way too invested in it. The main way that computers are more "intelligent" than humans is in their ability to amass and perform algorithmic functions on masses of data. They would need a drive to survive on their own, the force behind most of what human intelligence does, to start thinking for themselves. That drive appears to be based much more in biological than electro-mechanical evolution. I'm more worried about what Google driverless cars might do to us than AI.

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