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What makes artificial intelligence dangerous?

03 Nov 2015  | Richard Quinnell

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Then there is the GIGO factor (GIGO = garbage in, garbage out). If the AI system is getting incorrect information, it is highly likely to make an improper decision with potentially disastrous consequences. Humans are able to take in information from a variety of sources, integrate them all, compare that against experience and use the result to identify faulty information sources. AI devices are a long way from being able to accomplish the same thing, yet we're predicting the advent of fully autonomous cars by 2020. I think that's giving the AI too much control too soon.

So, no, I don't worry about a rogue AI exterminating mankind. I worry about an inadequate AI being given control over things that it's not ready for. If mankind is to be exterminated by an AI system, it won't be because of malicious intent on the part of the AI. It will be because the AI will be performing its functions exactly as designed, which is not the same as performing as intended.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments section.

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