The real problem with artificial intelligence isn’t what you think

Artificial intelligence has gotten a bad rap lately. Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk are just a few notable people who have warned about the perilous consequences associated with developing AI systems. “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,” Hawking cautioned last year. Musk has even donated millions of dollars to the Future of Life Institute (FLI) to fund a program with the goal of making sure humans manage AI so it doesn’t destroy us. But artificial intelligence in itself isn’t really dangerous, Tom Dietterich, president of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, said at DARPA’s “Wait, What?” conference on Thursday. Rather, making AI systems completely autonomous is the real threat, he said. The real threat AI…


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