Tag: ethics

  • A misleading open letter about sci-fi AI dangers ignores the real risksAI Snake Oil
    We agree that misinformation, impact on labor, and safety are three of the main risks of AI. Unfortunately, in each case, the letter presents a speculative, futuristic risk, ignoring the version of the problem that is already harming people. It distracts from the real issues and makes it harder to address them. The letter has a containment mindset analogous to nuclear risk, but that’s a poor fit for AI. It plays right into the hands of the companies it seeks to regulate.

  • Pause giant AI experiments: An open letterFuture of Life Institute
    Contemporary AI systems are now becoming human-competitive at general tasks, and we must ask ourselves: Should we let machines flood our information channels with propaganda and untruth? Should we automate away all the jobs, including the fulfilling ones? Should we develop nonhuman minds that might eventually outnumber, outsmart, obsolete and replace us? Should we risk loss of control of our civilization? Such decisions must not be delegated to unelected tech leaders.

  • The Age of AI has begunGates Notes
    Market forces won’t naturally produce AI products and services that help the poorest. The opposite is more likely. With reliable funding and the right policies, governments and philanthropy can ensure that AIs are used to reduce inequity. Just as the world needs its brightest people focused on its biggest problems, we will need to focus the world’s best AIs on its biggest problems.

  • Tech guru Jaron Lanier: ‘The danger isn’t that AI destroys us. It’s that it drives us insane’The Guardian
    The way to ensure that we are sufficiently sane to survive is to remember it’s our humanness that makes us unique, he says. “A lot of modern enlightenment thinkers and technical people feel that there is something old-fashioned about believing that people are special – for instance that consciousness is a thing. They tend to think there is an equivalence between what a computer could be and what a human brain could be.” Lanier has no truck with this. “We have to say consciousness is a real thing and there is a mystical interiority to people that’s different from other stuff because if we don’t say people are special, how can we make a society or make technologies that serve people?”

  • SHIFT exhibit presents artistic perspectives on artificial intelligenceBoing Boing
    One of the most interesting pieces in the exhibit was by artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg: … “Probably Chelsea” consists of 30 sculptures of Manning’s face—all created from one genetic sample from Manning—suspended from the ceiling, as if they were floating in air. I was astounded at how different they all were—it’s hard to believe they were all derived from the same genetic sample, which is one of the problems with AI-focused data analysis that this piece raises.

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