Creating malevolent AI: A manual

Image: iStockphoto.com/DigtialStorm The boom in AI promises to enrich our lives. AI assistants keep our schedules in order; robot “crew” members help us on cruises; and “swarm AI” even offers the chance for us to win big in the gambling world. But there’s a dark side of the coin as well: AI that can cause great harm. While much thought has been devoted to the dangers of AI, and centers like the Future of Life Institute in Cambridge, Ma., and the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University are focusing resources on how to support the creation of ‘safe’ AI, few have attempted to intentionally create malevolent AI. Until now. A new paper by computer scientist Federico Pistono and Roman Yampolskiy, director of the Cybersecurity Lab at the University of…


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