Smart machines are about to run the world: Here’s how to prepare

Roman Yampolskiy warned IdeaFestival attendees about the breathtaking potential of AI.  Image: Hope Reese/TechRepublic “The robots are here,” Dr. Roman V. Yampolskiy told a packed room at IdeaFestival 2015 in Louisville, KY. “You may not see them every day, but we know how to make them. We fund research to design them. We have robots who can assist us and robot soldiers who can kill us.” Yampolskiy, director of the Cyber Security Laboratory at the University of Louisville and author of Artificial Superintelligence: a Futuristic Approach, studies the implications of AI, the interface between machines and people, and the influence they have on our workplace. AI has formally been around since in the 1950s and a lot of it—spell-check, for example—is no longer called artificial intelligence. “In your head,” Yampolskiy…


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