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ECLECTICIST: AI

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Broadcast: 23rd October, 2016

Last update: 12th October, 2016

Published: 25th October, 2016

Introduction

Topic Overview

Intelligence is generally defined as an ability to obtain and accumulate knowledge from which skills are developed and applied. The exclusive purview of the Human race currently. However, futurologists and increasingly, prominent scientists, industrialists and fear mongers would have you believe that credible machine intelligence is only around the corner, given our present rate of technological sophistication. Complex mathematics, Chess, Go, language comprehension and parallel computation - skills already attendant to the growing repertoire compiled into the Artificial Intelligence canon or AI as it has become better known. Are we on the cusp of delivering the greatest aide to human flourishing ever conceived or will we unleash a hostile replacement? What of the ethics upon considering arguably conscious electronic neighbours?

Off-topic

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Talking Points

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Glossary

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Wrap Up

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Notes, corrections and further references

https://deepmind.com/

Deep Mind training an AI algorithm to play space invaders

From the Matrix:

I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we are the cure. - Agent Smith

Stanford ‘Branches of AI’ explainer

Isaac Asimov’s Robot Laws:

A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Whitehouse view on the future of AI (October 12th, 2016): PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE Report PDF

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? Nick Bostrom Ted Talk (YouTube)

Nick Bostrom’s treatise on the ethics of AI (PDF)

‘human intelligence is surely significantly more

generally applicable than nonhominid intelligence.’

ELIZA, online, speaking

https://openai.com/blog/

Sam Harris blog post about AI