New Center Seeks to Guarantee That AI Systems Remain Under Human Control

HUMAN-COMPATIBLE AI The University of California, Berkeley recently launched the new Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, whose goal is to make sure future artificial intelligence (AI) systems will help humanity. The new center, which received a $5.5 million grant from the Open Philanthropy Project, is expected to find ways that will guarantee AI systems, despite whatever technological advancements they achieve, remain under human control. Headed by UC Berkeley professor Stuart Russell, the team plans to explore an approach called “inverse reinforcement learning,” which will see that researchers design AI systems capable of learning human values by watching humans and imitating their everyday actions, however mundane they may be. According to Russell, this beats having designers “specify” the AI’s values, which could probably lead to a disaster. OVERTHROWING HUMANITY?…


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