How To Design A Machine That’s Smarter Than You

The biggest challenge with AI may be designing it. That’s the implication of a study designed to last until 2116, called the “One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence.” The Stanford-led project aims to report on the state of AI in our world every five years for the next century, as reported by a panel of two dozen experts—currently ranging from Julia Hirschberg, a pioneer of natural language processing, to Astro Teller, leader of Google’s “moonshot” division. The first report, published online yesterday, reads a bit like a half-drawn map, a mix of observations, questions, and even warnings. The consensus? First of all, “the panel found no cause for concern that AI is an imminent threat to humankind,” which, phew. Second of all, the decisions we make over the next…


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