We Need To Do More Than Just Point to Ethical Questions About Artificial Intelligence

April 13, 2015 3:12 PM

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We Need To Do More Than Just Point to Ethical Questions About Artificial Intelligence

Hundreds of artificial intelligence experts recently signed a letter put together by the Future of Life Institute that prompted Elon Musk to donate $10 million to the institute. "We recommend expanded research aimed at ensuring that increasingly capable AI systems are robust and beneficial: our A.I. systems must do what we want them to do," the letter read.

The problem is that both the letter and the corresponding report allow anyone to read any meaning he or she wants into "beneficial," and the same applies when it comes to defining who "we" are and what "we" want A.I. systems to do exactly. Of course, there already exists a "we" who think it is benef...

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