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Three top researchers have begun sounding warning bells about the possible negative impacts of AI.
Andrew Moore, the newly named head of AI at Google Cloud, said he has conceived of “horrible scenarios” that could potentially lead to a public backlash against the technology.
Other researchers predict AI will lead to more automation in the workplace and reduce job opportunities for humans; and AI will one day enable more intrusion, even into our thoughts.

Some people quake at the idea of artificial intelligence. It’s safe to say that sci-fi films featuring malevolent machines have helped poison much of the public’s perception of AI.

But three experts in the field say there’s good reason to feel uneasy. While killer robots are still many years away, AI in some cases could pose an enormous threat to humans, according to Andrew Moore, the dean of the Computer School at Carnegie Mellon University who will soon take over as head of Google Cloud AI.

In November, Moore gave the keynote address for the Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Initiative, and said: “If an AI disaster happens, and that would for instance be an autonomous car killing people due to serious bugs, and frankly I believe that’s already happened, then at some point AI systems are going to be locked down for development, at least in the US.”

“There are some even more horrible scenarios — which I don’t want to talk about on the stage, which we’re really worried about — that will cause the complete lockdown of robotics research,” Moore continued.

‘There are some even more horrible scenarios’

Moore’s statements come during a time when billions of dollars are being invested in AI.

Google, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Amazon, Facebook, and others are pushing hard to develop the technology. Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO, once called AI more …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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