Why it’s impossible for someone to build a super-intelligent robot in their basement

A24/ Science fiction movies, like “Metropolis” and the more recent “Ex Machina,” often depict lonely researchers toiling away in secret labs developing super-intelligent, sophisticated robots. But the director of Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) Yann LeCun told Popular Science that this scenario would be impossible: “The scenario you seen in a Hollywood movie, in which some isolated guy in Alaska comes up with a fully-functional AI system that nobody else is anywhere close to is completely impossible,” LeCun said, “This is one of the biggest, most complicated scientific challenges of our time, and not any single entity, even a big company, can solve it by itself. It has to be a collaborative effort between the entire research and development community.” While a lone scientist developing an ultra-smart artificial intelligence technology…


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