Ethics bots could soothe fears about AI taking control of humanity

Just how worried should we be about killer robots? To go by the opinions of a highly regarded group of scholars, including Stephen Hawking, Max Tegmark, Franz Wilczek, and Stuart Russell, we should be wary of the prospect of artificial intelligence rebelling against its makers. “One can imagine (AI) outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders, and developing weapons we cannot even understand,” Hawking wrote in a 2014 article for The Independent. “Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all.” The fear that our irresponsible creations might bring about the end of humanity is a common one. In Goethe’s poem “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” an apprentice enchants a broom to do his work but…


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