Beware the dark side of artificial intelligence

I’m with Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk. Artificial intelligence (A.I.) promises great benefits. But it also has a dark side. And those rushing to create robots smarter than humans seem oblivious to the consequences.Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, predicts that by 2029 computers will be able to outsmart even the most intelligent humans. They will understand multiple languages and learn from experience.Once they can do that, we face two serious issues.First, how do we teach these creatures to tell right from wrong — in our own self defence?Second, robots will self-improve faster than we slow evolving humans. That means outstripping us intellectually with unpredictable outcomes.Kurzweil talks about a conference in 1999 of A.I. experts where a poll was taken about when they thought the Turing test (when computers pass humans in intelligence) would be achieved. The consensus was 100 years. And a good contingent thought it would never be done. Today, Kurzweil thinks we’re at the tipping point toward intellectually superior computers.But, what about the longer term implications?Physicist Stephen Hawking warns, “ … the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race. Once humans develop full A.I., it will take off…


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