AL-HUSSEINI: Can we build AI without losing control over It?

“Famine isn’t fun. Death by science fiction, on the other hand, is fun, and one of the things that worries me most…” – Sam Harris I tend to write columns about the greatness of gadgets or versatility of mathematical tools and models. As a self-described technology enthusiast with at least a minimal amount of hindsight, I think the value to humanity realized from inventions such as vaccines, personal computers, and automobiles is brilliantly evident. Yet, as a self-described technology enthusiast with at least a minimal amount of foresight, I think the danger to humanity caused by accelerating machine-learning is, while neither brilliant nor evident, certainly worthy of consideration. Sam Harris, an American philosopher, author, and neuroscientist, is an individual with whom I have many ideological qualms. That said, I can…


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