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This Petition Could Save The World From Terminators

This Petition Could Save The World From Terminators

by January 15, 2015 0 comments

We’ve seen the movies and read the books. Artificial Intelligence, has never been much of an actual threat to humans – not until recently. While we’ve mostly only been defeated in chess, poker and trivia, scientists and engineers from around the world are concerned that we are reaching a point where robots could become a real existential threat to humans.

And we were all focusing on zombies.

Such prominent figures as Stephen Hawking (who uses computer technology to communicate), have recently spoken out against certain advancements in AI. Elon Musk, too is concerned about robots eventually saying “Fuck authority” like a punk-rock teenager. The CEO, in fact, has made an effort to invest in AI technologies so as to keep an eye on their advancements.

We just need to design robots to be as wimpy as C3PO. Nobody’s afraid of C3PO.

The petition was started by the Future of Life Institute, a volunteer organization “working to mitigate existential risks facing humanity,” according to their mission statement. They state:

“As capabilities in these areas and others cross the threshold from laboratory research to economically valuable technologies, a virtuous cycle takes hold whereby even small improvements in performance are worth large sums of money, prompting greater investments in research. There is now a broad consensus that AI research is progressing steadily, and that its impact on society is likely to increase. The potential benefits are huge, since everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence; we cannot predict what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools AI may provide, but the eradication of disease and poverty are not unfathomable. Because of the great potential of AI, it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.”

Scary shit, if you ask me. I’m willing to sign, and anyone can sign. Hawking and Musk, have signed, as well as many prominent names in AI development, as well as philosophy. However, concern is there, that international regulations could pose as a potential problem.

[Via I Fucking Love Science]

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