Microsoft research chief: AI is still too stupid to wipe us out (and will be for decades)

Chris Bishop, Laboratory Director of Microsoft Research Cambridge. ‘Killer robots are nonsense’. Image: Ed Miller / Microsoft Warnings that mankind is on the brink of developing The Terminator’s Skynet and other homicidal AIs are ‘nonsense’ and will be for decades to come, according to a Microsoft research head. The idea that humans are on the verge of developing an artificial intelligence whose abilities far outstrip our own is ridiculous, said Chris Bishop, Microsoft’s director of research at Cambridge, highlighting the many limitations of AI systems today. “This is a good moment for a little reality check,” he told a public discussion hosted by The Royal Society in London this week. While recent breakthroughs in machine learning have allowed computers to become as adept as the average person at recognising faces…


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