No, the robots are not about to rise up and destroy us all

Hollywood loves to give us stories of super-intelligent robots running wild with their orders. And we love to watch these stories. If artificial intelligence (AI) worked like it does in the popular imagination, a robot who was asked to dry up some spilled water would not stop until all the world’s oceans were dried up. But as an AI researcher, I know that the reality is much more mundane. Human-level artificial intelligence – also called artificial general intelligence – will be created slowly, over a long period of time. And it is very, very unlikely that a robot would ever be smart enough to devise a way to dry the world’s oceans without being smart enough to understand why that would be a problem. The apocalyptic AI scenarios the media…


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