‘Human Computation’ Could Save the World Without the Risks of AI

Image: The Bull Pen/Flickr Forget artificial intelligence: The key to solving the world’s most complex problems could be human-machine collaboration. That’s the rallying cry of researchers who penned an editorial in the journal an editorial in the journal Science championing “human computation”—systems that combine the talents of computers and humans. The authors claim these systems could ultimately tackle issues such as climate change and geopolitical conflict, all without the existential risks posed by true AI and the technological singularity. “Imagine something like the game SimCity, but a thousand times more detailed” Authors Pietro Michelucci and Janis Dickinson imagine a system that would provide a technical framework for ideas to be shared, analysed, and revised until the best bubble to the top; Michelucci envisages it as a “dynamic Wikipedia.” The idea…


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