The Google of China Says Robots Will Take Your Job

Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Chinese Web giant Baidu, isn’t concerned about the idea of killer robots. But he does foresee advanced robotics using artificial intelligence taking people’s jobs. Speaking at the Structure Data conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, Ng said, “Worrying about killer robots today is like worrying about overpopulation on Mars.” While he admits some day it’s possible that robots might be intelligent enough for us to worry about them killing people, they aren’t even close to capable today. “I don’t object to people starting committees to study this, but I don’t want to be on it,” he said. Instead, Ng is thinking about the short-term effect of greater access to deep learning, which is currently being applied to things such as identifying images, understanding speech, and…


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