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It's Time to Intelligently Discuss Artificial Intelligence

12/9/2014 : Oren Etzioni

It's Time to Intelligently Discuss Artificial Intelligence

12/9/2014 : Oren Etzioni

Tesla CEO Elon Musk worries it is “potentially more dangerous than nukes.” Physicist Stephen Hawking warns, “AI could be a big danger in the not-too-distant future.” Fear mongering about AI has also hit the box office in recent films such as Her and Transcendence.
 
So as an active researcher in the field for over 20 years, and now the CEO of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, why am I not afraid?
 
The popular dystopian vision of AI is wrong for one simple reason: it equates intelligence with autonomy. That is, it assumes a smart computer will create its own goals, and have its own will, and will use its faster processing abilities and deep databases to beat humans at their own game. It assumes that with intelligence comes free will, but I believe those two things are entirely different.
 
To read the rest of Oren's article on medium.com, click here.
 
While it's clear that robots will never rise up and enslave us, we've seen enough movies and television shows to know that sometimes AI becomes sentient; for better or for worse. Here is our list of the best AI in popular culture from the humble to the homocidal. See any robot friends or overlords we've missed? Let us know, tweet us at @vulcaninc using hashtag, #AllHailAI.
 
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