Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Are We Paying Attention? (part 3)

In 1975, molecular biologists met at the Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA, where they agreed on standards for scientific research. These standards were intended to prevent the design of manmade, genetically modified organisms that would pose a threat to the public. We need similar standards in place with regard to AI development, and though the conference in Puerto Rico was a start, the chat was far from the conclusive nature of the Asilomar Conference. Artificial Intelligence is quickly becoming a serious threat, where Seed AI is capable of self-modification, able to program itself and optimize its own cognitive functions. Unless we take significant measures to design AI architecture to be “human friendly,” our future may depend on the conditions we create for it through AI development.

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