How can we control intelligent systems no one fully understands?

Vasant Dhar, Ph.D. Crunch Network Contributor Vasant Dhar is a professor at the Stern School of Business and the Center for Data Science at New York University. How to join the networkThe widespread conversations about AI took a new turn in March 2016 when Microsoft launched, then quickly unplugged, Tay, its artificial intelligence chat robot. Within 24 hours, interactions on Twitter had turned the bot, modeled after a teenage girl, into a “Hitler-loving sex robot.” This controversy, on the heels of the Feb. 14, 2016, accident of Google’s self-driving robot car, has ignited a new debate over artificial intelligence. How should we design intelligent learning machines that minimize undesirable behavior? While both of the aforementioned incidents were relatively minor, they highlight a broader concern, namely, that it is very difficult to control adaptive learning machines…


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