• Question: Do you think AI will eradictate us all?

    Asked by james420 to Yee Whye, Valerie, Nick, Mackenzie, Lin, Jun, Jacob, Brian, Anna on 18 Nov 2019.
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      Yee Whye Teh answered on 18 Nov 2019:

      I don’t think so.

      AIs are just tools. They might be smarter tools than what we had before, but they are still really dumb, and they don’t have consciousness and they aren’t very adaptive to changing situations.

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      Mackenzie Graham answered on 18 Nov 2019:

      Not the kind of AI we have now. But some very smart people take this question seriously, and argue we should work now to make sure that AI isn’t harmful, if it ever gets really smart. And people could already use AI to do bad things (e.g., altering the outcome of an election), which wouldn’t require AI to be very smart. But the ‘Terminator’ scenario is likely very far away.