So exciting to see a robust discussion of AI taking place on our very own forum!
As the prize designer responsible for designing our AI-Human Collaboration XPRIZE (presented by TED and big thank you to IBM Watson for supporting our design work). I have the privilege of thinking about AI every day. It’s an awesome topic, in every sense of the word and I’m glad to see we’re expanding on that robust conversation here in our own backyard.
I can say that XPRIZE is seriously considering what Musk, Hawking, Wozniak and others say about AI. XPRIZE, however, thinks that AI will be very beneficial, especially in the near term and that this conversation is potentially a deterrant to healthy advancement of AI. We’re designing a prize that will hopefully showcase the power of AI to positively benefit our lives in the near future. We absolutely applaud the excitement, curiosity, and desire to assess risk of future technology. From our point of view, the kind of general AI technology that provokes the most fears is likely very far off.
Our assessment is that the conversation is problematic because we’re all talking about different things under the banner of AI. Even looking through the responses to this topic, you can see we’ve lumped autonomous cars, superintelligence, and autonomous warfare under “AI” when the reality is each of these things will rely on different technological approaches and therefore raise different sets of risks and considerations.*
We would love to see a discussion about AI that starts to clarify and parse the complex narrative.
*unless you are watching The Terminator in which case, sure, they’re the same. And the future is full of death, distraction and also,1980’s hottie Michael Biehn. Because movies have never ever failed to accurately predict the future. And besides, doesn’t Michael Biehn make a dystopian future all worth it?