Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt: The design of AI should “avoid undesirable outcomes”

Before Skynet can become self-aware, before the robots can rise up, we need a system in place to safely pursue research into artificial intelligence. Or so argues Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google’s parent company, and Jared Cohen, the head of its tech-minded think tank, Google Ideas. Schmidt has long been bullish on the prospects for the technology, backing experimental projects like Alphabet’s self-driving car program and Google’s DeepMind predictive search engine, suggesting AI will revolutionize how we work and live, even going as far as tell us not to fear living in a world full of AI. But it seems even Schmidt acknowledges that a degree of caution is required in AI research, much as other tech luminaries, such as physicist Stephen Hawking and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have…


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