AI is coming

Nick Bilton is worried about the threat of artificial intelligence.

Right now these artificially intelligent machines are pretty cute and innocent, but as they are given more power in society, these machines may not take long to spiral out of control.

In the beginning, the glitches will be small but eventful. Maybe a rogue computer momentarily derails the stock market, causing billions in damage. Or a driverless car freezes on the highway because a software update goes awry.

But the upheavals can escalate quickly and become scarier and even cataclysmic. Imagine how a medical robot, originally programmed to rid cancer, could conclude that the best way to obliterate cancer is to exterminate humans who are genetically prone to the disease.

The human capacity for inventing destructive technology has an unknown limit. But so is its capacity for inventing technology that makes life better. The likely progression is that AI will first be developed for use in war, but its masters will lose control, and the emergent superintelligence will become net benefit to humanity.

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AI is not about replicating human intelligence

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