Teaching a Stone to Play Chess: The Potential Multi-Faceted Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

During a recent dinner with my son who is currently studying for his Master’s Degree in Computer Science at University College London, we discussed comments that readers had left on my previous HuffPost blog about self-driving cars. In this blog entry, I discussed the choice of the right optimization function to govern the decision that the car’s “brain” will have to make on its owner’s behalf when faced with several scenarios of imminent danger. Each would result in radically different outcomes. Depending on how the car’s “brain” had been coded, the car could optimize to save its passengers, to minimize overall casualties, or minimize cost to society. In the post I also questioned what would happen if, at some point, AI brains decide to change the optimization function towards one…


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