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Tech giants team up to form AI ethics board


Posted on Thursday, 29 September, 2016 | Comment icon 10 comments

With any luck we won't be seeing killer AI machines in the future. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Stephen Bowler
Several major technology companies have joined forces in an effort to prevent an AI-fuelled apocalypse.
Some of the world's most prominent scientists and technology entrepreneurs, including Professor Stephen Hawking and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, have repeatedly warned in recent years of the dangers we might face should rogue intelligent machines ever manage to take hold.

Now with computers becoming increasingly sophisticated and with several major firms including Google working on AI technology, a new partnership has been arranged in an effort to avoid any future disasters and to ensure that AI research remains safe and beneficial to mankind.

So far the group consists of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM however it is likely that others, including Apple, will also be joining in the not-too-distant future.

"The objective of the Partnership on AI is to address opportunities and challenges with AI technologies to benefit people and society," the group wrote in a statement.

Artificial Intelligence has managed to gain something of a negative reputation over the years thanks to movies such as The Terminator and The Matrix which depict merciless and deadly AI machines.

Even with the limited capabilities of today's AI there have already been disasters such as the death of a Tesla car driver when the autopilot failed to spot a trailer crossing the road earlier this year.

"These days, the AI technologies are touching so many aspects of our lives that people are making their own decisions and going forward," said computer scientist Prof Subbarao Kambhampati.

"And most of the times, things work out well, but sometimes they haven't worked out all that well."

Source: NPR.org | Comments (10)

Tags: Artificial Intelligence

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by bubblykiss on 29 September, 2016, 19:49
I can only hope that Emperor Calculon's vast Machine Mind will approve of their findings before the next fertility suppression season for all things made of flesh.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Nzo on 29 September, 2016, 20:09
All offence intended but tech companies setting up the protocols that Ai will use is like a mass murderer being allowed to teach classes on how to murder without a conscience.  I think that if we truly get Ai right, Ai will be teaching us not the other way around. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by third_eye on 29 September, 2016, 20:14
The key is never to rely on AI in the first place ....   ~  
Comment icon #4 Posted by XenoFish on 29 September, 2016, 20:56
But I want a robot apocalypse.
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye on 29 September, 2016, 21:06
Sorry Fish ... Arnie says NO ... well maybe if the offer is right ... ~ cinema blend link ~ ka - chink ~
Comment icon #6 Posted by seeder on 29 September, 2016, 21:44
doh,,,, worrying about AI? seeder has the answer...
Comment icon #7 Posted by Dark_Grey on 30 September, 2016, 16:46
When all the brightest minds come together out of fear for our future, it's probably wise to listen. Us layman can laugh and joke about the Edit to add-- How do I delete posts? This one posted twice and only posted half the sentence. Not that it matters cause I don't remember wtf I was talking about
Comment icon #8 Posted by Dark_Grey on 30 September, 2016, 16:46
When all the brightest minds come together out of fear for our future, it's probably wise to listen. Us layman can laugh and joke about the
Comment icon #9 Posted by Pjjr on 1 October, 2016, 12:47
You all should look up what Boston Dynamics have been testing.They've made four legged robots that can run and climb hills, and now have made one that can carry boxes.The four legged ones are kind of freaky.You can find Youtube vids in them.
Comment icon #10 Posted by seeder on 2 October, 2016, 3:05
  Indeed, they have been posted many times


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