One author, writing for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), has openly opposed the open-letter, essentially calling it a fundamentally flawed belief that we can somehow ban people from weaponizing an A.I.
“What we really need is a way of making autonomous armed robots ethical, because we’re not going to be able to prevent them from existing.” – Evan Ackerman, IEEE
(Screen capture of RT interview)
As I said, I wanted to take both sides with a grain of salt. While my emphasis on what could go wrong from weaponizing an A.I. should be seen as a problematic scenario that we must do everything we can to prevent, I also make note near the end that it shouldn’t sway us from developing an A.I. – especially an A.I. that is self-aware. I agree with the A.I. researchers and scientists who signed the open-letter insofar that a weaponized A.I. would result in catastrophic situations, of which we might not even be able to handle once unleashed. But I also agree with IEEE’s Ackerman insofar that I believe a ban wouldn’t actually prevent people from building a weaponized A.I.
So what can we do? As I stated later on in the interview, we need to begin looking at technologies like A.I. as if they’re infants. They’ll require a gradual, step-by-step process of education – including the development of a moral compass – in order for them to truly grow that is both favorable to our existence and their very own. We must do everything we can to convince people from using such a powerful technology for such horrendous reasons, such as throwing them into a war zone. Education is the key here and how we educate a strong A.I. will largely determine the fate of our species existence.
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