The Machines Are About To Become Self-Aware And They May Not Like Us Very Much

“Open the pod bay doors please, Hal.” “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.” So said the sentient computer HAL at the controls of the Discovery One spacecraft to astronaut Dave Bowman in the 1968 Stanley Kubrick classic, “2001: A Space Oddyssey.” While computer-versus-human conflict has been foreseen in many films since then, a leading artificial intelligence researcher is now making the case that we need to start planning for the day that artificial intelligence combined with lethal capabilities will pose a real challenge to humanity. Roman V. Yampolskiy, a respected artificial intelligence researcher and the director of the Cybersecurity Laboratory at the University of Louisville, is the author of a new study, “Taxonomy of Pathways to Dangerous AI,” due to be presented for the first time Saturday at the…


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