FLI August, 2017 Newsletter
Leaders of Top Robotics and AI Companies Call for Ban on Killer Robots
Leaders from AI and robotics companies around the world have released an open letter calling on the United Nations to ban autonomous weapons, often referred to as killer robots.
“Lethal autonomous weapons threaten to become the third revolution in warfare. Once developed, they will permit armed conflict to be fought at a scale greater than ever, and at timescales faster than humans can comprehend.”
Podcast: Life 3.0 – Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
with Max Tegmark
What will happen when machines surpass humans at every task? While many books on artificial intelligence focus on the near term impacts of AI on jobs and the military, they often avoid critical questions about superhuman artificial intelligence, such as: Will superhuman artificial intelligence arrive in our lifetime? Can and should it be controlled, and if so, by whom? Can humanity survive in the age of AI? And if so, how can we find meaning and purpose if super-intelligent machines provide for all our needs and make all our contributions superfluous?
In this podcast, Ariel speaks with Max Tegmark about his new book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. Max is co-founder and president of FLI, and he’s also a physics professor at MIT, where his research has ranged from cosmology to the physics of intelligence. He’s currently focused on the interface between AI, physics, and neuroscience. His recent technical papers focus on AI, and typically build on physics-based techniques. He is the author of over 200 publications, and also his earlier book, Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality.
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Viktoriya Krakovna, Richard Mallah and Anthony Aguirre attended EA Global in San Francisco this month. The effective altruism community’s annual conference, this three-day event featured speakers from the Open Philanthropy Project, 80,000 Hours, AI Impacts, Google DeepMind, the Future of Humanity Institute, MIRI, and many other high-impact organizations.
FLI in the News
Open Letter on Autonomous Weapons
BBC NEWS: Is ‘killer robot’ warfare closer than we think?
“More than 100 of the world’s top robotics experts wrote a letter to the United Nations recently calling for a ban on the development of ‘killer robots’ and warning of a new arms race. But are their fears really justified?”
NATURE: Artificial intelligence: The future is superintelligent
“Stuart Russell weighs up a book on the risks and rewards of the AI revolution.”
THE VERGE: A physicist on why AI safety is ‘the most important conversation of our time’
“Nothing in the laws of physics that says we can’t build machines much smarter than us”
SCIENCE: A physicist explores the future of artificial intelligence
“Whether it’s reports of a new and wondrous technological accomplishment or of the danger we face in a future filled with unbridled machines, artificial intelligence (AI) has recently been receiving a great deal of attention. If you want to understand what the fuss is all about, Max Tegmark’s original, accessible, and provocative Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence would be a great place to start.”