Robot overlords: Google researchers unveil framework for an AI ‘kill switch’

What if we lose dominion over artificial intelligence? What if friendly AI-driven machines suddenly becomes our foes? These questions have been considered by great minds from Cambridge University to Silicon Valley to the White House. To avoid ever having to find out, experts suggest we to develop an AI “kill switch” to inhibit misbehaving systems from pursuing their misbehavior. In a paper titled “Safely Interruptible Agents,” published by Laurent Orseau of Google Deep Mind and Stuart Armstrong of The Future of Humanity Institute at the University of Oxford, the researchers describe a plausible and highly dangerous future in which AI assumes control of its own actions and existence in opposition to our desires, much like HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey, or Skynet in the Terminator series. Related: Century-old law firm Baker &…


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