Artificial intelligence arms race: Scientists explain why it is now possible.
A letter signed by such experts as Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk of Tesla Motors, Steve Wozniak of Apple will be presented at the international Artificial intelligence conference today. These experts have warned that an artificial intelligence arms race could be disastrous and could pose a threat to the future of humanity.
The reason they warn us against it is because the technology could get out of human control. They are still in favor of AI research, but with a ban on AI weapons. The united nations also had a discussion on the subject, to propose legislation on the ban of AI weapons, just as biological weapons and chemical weapons have been banned.
Other notable signers of the letter are Professor Noam Chomsky and Google AI chief Demis Hassabis.
Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has repeatedly said in his talks that AI would be one of the five greatest areas of future human progress (the other four being the internet, sustainable energy, space exploration, and genetics.) Musk has said that he has been working on three of those five, but has not been involved in genetics and AI because of their controversial nature, and because of their risks to human life.
Microsoft’s research chief, Eric Horvitz, has contradicted them saying that he did not see AI as a threat. But Microsoft’s CEO Bill Gates has said he was concerned about the dangers of Artificial Intelligence:
“I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well.”
The discussion will continue today at the international AI conference.