Preventing the AI-pocalypse

By | February 8, 2017

A panel on AI ethics and education in San Francisco hosted by the Future of Life Institute warned about unforeseen consequences if researchers ignore the inherent ethical dilemmas in the emerging technology. Benjamin Kuipers, a computer science professor and AI researcher at U-M, explained that although humans program AI-powered robots to accomplish a particular goal, these robots will typically make decisions on their own to reach the goal. It’s these smaller decisions that robots make on their own that can cause trouble because human programmers could fail to take all of a robot’s possible choices into account. “This is not the robot apocalypse,” said Kuipers. “What we’re seeing here are robots pursuing human-generated goals in unconstrained ways.”