The show asks how will the AI revolution change the world? Part one features Jeremy Kahn, Bloomberg Tech Reporter, Mike McDonough Global Chief Economist at Bloomberg Intellligence and Gideon Mann, Head of Data Science at Bloombeg, Part Two features Martin Ford, Author of Rise of the Robots. Part Three features how AI could soon be changing healthcare.
The future is uncertain and full of challenges. How do we rescue our cities and tackle inequalities? How do we deal with an aging future and bridging the gender gap? It’s time for some forward thinking.
Artificial Intelligence or AI is transforming our society and impacting our day to day lives in many areas. AI and automation in general will probably continue to improve and change our way of living in many ways. But the challenges with artificial intelligence systems are unique, and the risks involved in AI cannot be overstated. One such pressing issue that is already manifesting itself today, is the use of artificial intelligence in the creation of LAWs… And they are not what you may think!
In the context of AI, LAWs, stands short for Lethal Autonomous Weapons. It is rather an unfortunate and confusing acronym but also goes by with many not so popular names such as: Robotic weapons, autonomous weapon systems, killer robots, slaughter-bots, etc. They are autonomous military systems that can independently search for and engage targets without human intervention.
In the history of military warfare, the invention of gun powder is considered to be the first revolution. Nuclear weapons are considered to be the second revolution. And autonomous weapons may very well be the third revolution.
LAWs may operate in the air…On land….On water…Under water….And even in space. The Pentagon wants to invest close to $1 billion in AI and machine learning, including $268 million for the new Joint Artificial Intelligence Center for AI tools. With the development of AI systems, drones that can autonomously find and eliminate a targeted individual are only years away not decades. Artificial Intelligence systems for drone technology are improving rapidly. At this point, the issue is not with hardware but with software, meaning how fast new AI algorithms can be developed and be implemented for certain military purposes.
A Quadcopter for example does not have to be equipped with a heavy machine gun to engage its target. A drone geared with a pocket pistol sized gun targeting vulnerable parts of the human body such as the eye-balls, could be and will be probably used for assassinations.
We’re about to enter a new age of Artificial Intelligence technology where high profile individuals’ security, will be increasingly at risk from multiple simultaneous autonomous drone attacks.
Artificial General Intelligence or short AGI was commonly referred as Strong AI. The continues advancements in robotics are also spurring the development of AGI. Currently we only have narrow AI or weak AI. But robots are paving the way for strong AI. In the future, robots might possibly become smarter than us or at least, reach human level intelligence. The field of robotics has seen many improvements over the years, as artificial intelligence systems continue to get better. Machine intelligence is a trendy topic among computer scientists and other relevant researchers on the field. As robots continue to get better, concerns for the rise of a superintelligence or an artificial general intelligence that could have different goals from ours, is increasingly getting the attention of computer scientists and lay people alike. We have often seen works of science fiction where robots and AGI have malicious intent. However, things could go really bad fur us even if initially these intelligent machines are programmed to obey human orders and follow our values. As a machine continues to improve itself by modifying it’s own source code, it could lead to an intelligence explosion. A point of time often referred as a technological singularity. Where it becomes hard if not impossible to predict future trajectories of the AI in question. As of the year 2017, there are over 40 organizations focused on the development of AGI. As we’ve said many times before, today’s AI is narrow. However the field of robotics is accelerating the rise of AGI and we will possibly witness a truly general AI in our lifetimes.
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