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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The momentous advance in artificial intelligence demands a new set of ethics

Jason Millar
The Guardian
March 12, 2016

Here is an excerpt:

AI is also increasingly able to manage complex, data intensive tasks, such as monitoring credit card systems for fraudulent behaviour, high-frequency stock trading and detecting cyber security threats. Embodied as robots, deep-learning AI is poised to begin to move and work among us – in the form of service, transportation, medical and military robots.

Deep learning represents a paradigm shift in the relationship humans have with their technological creations. It results in AI that displays genuinely surprising and unpredictable behaviour. Commenting after his first loss, Lee described being stunned by an unconventional move he claimed no human would ever have made. Demis Hassabis, one of DeepMind’s founders, echoed the sentiment: “We’re very pleased that AlphaGo played some quite surprising and beautiful moves.”

Alan Turing, the visionary computer scientist, predicted we would someday speak of machines that think. He never predicted this.

The article is here.

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