Don’t panic: Google is building a ‘kill switch’ for dangerous AI

Ever since the creation of artificial intelligence, we’ve worried about what the consequences would be if AI suddenly decided it knew better than we did and started making decisions of its own. This hypothetical scenario hardly ever ends well.It’s comforting, then, to know that Google is working on an AI ‘kill switch’ that allows human operators to turn off super intelligent systems no matter how big their egos get. It’s called “safe interruptibility” and it’s being developed as part of the DeepMind system that recently proved its prowess at Go.The team working on DeepMind has published a paper on the topic and set out a basic framework for a kill switch (or “big red button”) that will wind down whatever robot army is currently marching on the major capitals of…


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