Transformative potential—and risks—of artificial intelligence

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[Editor’s note: Max Tegmark is a professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence.]

Many leading AI researchers think that in a matter of decades, artificial intelligence will be able to do not merely some of our jobs, but all of our jobs, forever transforming life on Earth.

I’m optimistic that we can thrive with advanced AI as long as we win the race between the growing power of our technology and the wisdom with which we manage it. But this requires ditching our outdated strategy of learning from mistakes. That helped us win the wisdom race with less powerful technology: We messed up with fire and then invented fire extinguishers, and we messed up with cars and then invented seat belts. However, it’s an awful strategy for more powerful technologies, such as nuclear weapons or superintelligent AI — where even a single mistake is unacceptable and we need to get things right the first time.

So what can we do to keep future AI beneficial? Here are four steps that have broad support from AI researchers:

  1. Invest in AI safety research.
  2. Ban lethal autonomous weapons.
  3. Ensure that AI-generated wealth makes everyone better off.
  4. Think about what sort of future we want.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. Read full, original post: How To Make AI The Best Thing To Happen To US