Making the Most of AI’s Potential

09/23/2016 Via Shutterstock Advancements in artificial intelligence continue to spread through our world. This past spring, a robot surgeon beat a human at stitching up a pig’s intestines, and self-driving cars are now answering some Uber calls in Pittsburgh. Computers’ ability to see and make sense of the world has made great strides in recent years, while improvements in machine learning could bring greater autonomy and utility to the A.I. we already use. But where could this field take our society? Will the warnings of Elon Musk and others, suggesting that superintelligent A.I. could escape our control, bear fruit? How do we ensure that developments in A.I. are as beneficial as possible? The new Center for Human Compatible Artificial Intelligence at the University of California-Berkeley proposes to focus on ensuring…


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