Readers weigh in on risks of AI

Nearly 60 percent of respondents to this week’s RBJ Daily Report Snap Poll believe artificial intelligence will eventually threaten humanity.In June 2014, Stephen Hawking and three other leading scientists wrote an open letter that said success in creating artificial intelligence “would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks.”Concerns about runaway artificial intelligence are not new, but they have grown with the rapid development of smart machines and applications—from Apple’s Siri and self-driving cars to data mining and drones. What if a superintelligent machine could design even smarter machines that humans cannot control?“With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon,” says Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, who has pledged $10 million for research…


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