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5 - Artificial Intelligence: Extreme Reward and Risk

from Part I - Existential Threats: The Four Most Pressing Dangers Facing Humankind

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 October 2022

Michael D. Bess
Affiliation:
Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
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Over the coming decades, artificial intelligence and robotics will continue to grow rapidly in power and scope, exerting a transformative impact on our lives. Seven trends are likely: the machines will become progressively more versatile and multifunctional in their capabilities; they will be designed to improve their own software and hardware over time, as they interact with their environment; the line between AI and robots will gradually blur, as machines come to permeate our society at all levels; these machines will be entrusted with complex practical tasks that require them to develop sophisticated commonsense knowledge about the human social world; the machines will be interconnected in functional networks that multiply their powers; such machines will need to be able to refuse to obey certain kinds of human commands, raising fundamental questions about who controls their actions; and the logic of arms races will apply to such machines, impelling nations and corporations to develop increasingly powerful machines as quickly as possible, with only a secondary concern for caution and safety.

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Planet in Peril
Humanity's Four Greatest Challenges and How We Can Overcome Them
, pp. 57 - 76
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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