Researchers Try To Preemptively Imagine The Worst Things A.I. Could Do

Fiction is full of evil robots, from the Cylons of “Battlestar Galactica” to the vengeful replicants of Blade Runner to the iconic, humanity-destroying Terminators. Yet these are all robots built from good intentions, whose horrific violence is an unintended consequence of their design, rather than the explicit point. What if, instead of human folly, an artificial intelligence caused harm because a human explicitly designed it for malicious purposes? A new study, funded in part by Elon Musk, looks at the possibilities of deliberately evil machines. Titled “Unethical Research: How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence,” by Roman V. Yampolskiy of the University of Louisville and futurist Federico Pistono, the short paper looks at just what harm someone could do with an actively evil program. Why? For a similar reason that…


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