Summary: Researchers at both Oxford and Cambridge are carefully studying how to ensure artificial intelligence is developed safely.
Original author and publication date: Sam Shead – May 25, 2020
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: To pandemics, natural disasters, economic recession, and terrorism, we now need to add AI as yet another existential risk for humans.
From the article:
Oxford and Cambridge, the oldest universities in Britain and two of the oldest in the world, are keeping a watchful eye on the buzzy field of artificial intelligence (AI), which has been hailed as a technology that will bring about a new industrial revolution and change the world as we know it.
Over the last few years, each of the centuries-old institutions have pumped millions of pounds into researching the possible risks associated with machines of the future.
Clever algorithms can already outperform humans at certain tasks. For example, they can beat the best human players in the world at incredibly complex games like chess and Go, and they’re able to spot cancerous tumors in a mammogram far quicker than a human clinician can. Machines can also tell the difference between a cat and a dog, or determine a random person’s identity just by looking at a photo of their face. They can also translate languages, drive cars, and keep your home at the right temperature. But generally speaking, they’re still nowhere near as smart as the average 7-year-old.
The main issue is that AI can’t multitask. For example, a game-playing AI can’t yet paint a picture.
In other words, AI today is very “narrow” in its intelligence. However, computer scientists at the the likes of Google and Facebook are aiming to make AI more “general” in the years ahead, and that’s got some big thinkers deeply concerned.