How to build a better, safer artificial intelligence

Some of today’s smartest people are scared of smart machines. In a BBC interview, experimental physicist Stephen Hawking said: “I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Entrepreneur and visionary Elon Musk was more pointed. “With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon,” he said. Earlier this month, Musk announced the founding of a non-profit AI research company, called Open AI, to “advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole,” according to the company’s mission statement. A few weeks earlier IBM began promoting SystemML (machine learning), a proprietary machine-learning technology under an open-source license, available through the Apache Software Foundation. SystemML is built to recognize patterns in Big Data.  It is designed to work…


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