Headline: AI Won't Threaten Humanity

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Headline: AI Won't Threaten Humanity

From Motherboard:
"A new report authored by a group of independent US scientists advising the US Dept. of Defense (DoD) on artificial intelligence (AI) claims that perceived existential threats to humanity posed by the technology, such as drones seen by the public as killer robots, are at best “uninformed”.

Still, the scientists acknowledge that AI will be integral to most future DoD systems and platforms, but AI that could act like a human “is at most a small part of AI’s relevance to the DoD mission”. Instead, a key application area of AI for the DoD is in augmenting human performance.

Perspectives on Research in Artificial Intelligence and Artificial General Intelligence Relevant to DoD, first reported by Steven Aftergood at the Federation of American Scientists, has been researched and written by scientists belonging to JASON, the historically secretive organization that counsels the US government on scientific matters.

Outlining the potential use cases of AI for the DoD, the JASON scientists make sure to point out that the growing public suspicion of AI is “not always based on fact”, especially when it comes to military technologies. Highlighting SpaceX boss Elon Musk’s opinion that AI “is our biggest existential threat” as an example of this, the report argues that these purported threats “do not align with the most rapidly advancing current research directions of AI as a field, but rather spring from dire predictions about one small area of research within AI, Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)”."

Primary, I did not realize that JASON was a real world organization, despite being the common thread for the Argonauts. The fact that it's in an article about how AGI won't destroy us was startling.

Strength in depth...

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Thanks for that link. The

Thanks for that link. The original Jason report looks quite interesting on first sight. I am going to look into that.

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Well TITANs may not wage war

Well TITANs may not wage war on us, but what about what it will do to our economy? It's starting to look like AIs will produce faster than we can consume, and then what? Can humans really survive without a need to survive?
Also, THEY TOOK ARE JABS!!!!!!!!!

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Grim G wrote:Also, THEY TOOK

Grim G wrote:
Also, THEY TOOK ARE JABS!!!!!!!!!

Do some night studies for engineering or robotics: be the guy that MAKES the robots!

In all seriousness, one of my big pet peeves for science fiction is the idea that AI - of any kind, but primarily of the military variety - would go off the rails with a logical fallacy of: "I must protect my creators by destroying my creators."

AI in Eclipse Phase gets a pass because of spoilers:

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the Promethean 'friendly' Seed AI helping trans-humanity the whole way, albeit in secret, and the TiTANs turning on humanity by being subverted by an extraterrestrial computer virus that can break physics.

It's the frankenstein complex and it's been done so much that it's almost patently offensive to the idea of AI, and the people who work in the fields behind AI.

It's nice to see my pet peeve vindicated by folks actually working on the subject at hand.