Discussion About the Asilomar AI Principles

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Can We Properly Prepare for the Risks of Superintelligent AI?

Risks Principle: Risks posed by AI systems, especially catastrophic or existential risks, must be subject to planning and mitigation efforts commensurate with their expected impact. We don’t know what the future of artificial intelligence will look like. Though some may make educated guesses, the future is unclear. AI could keep developing like all other technologies, […]

Artificial Intelligence and Income Inequality

Shared Prosperity Principle: The economic prosperity created by AI should be shared broadly, to benefit all of humanity. Income inequality is a well recognized problem. The gap between the rich and poor has grown over the last few decades, but it became increasingly pronounced after the 2008 financial crisis. While economists debate the extent to […]

Is an AI Arms Race Inevitable?

AI Arms Race Principle: An arms race in lethal autonomous weapons should be avoided.* Perhaps the scariest aspect of the Cold War was the nuclear arms race. At its peak, the US and Russia held over 70,000 nuclear weapons, only a fraction of which could have killed every person on earth. As the race to […]

Preparing for the Biggest Change in Human History

Importance Principle: Advanced AI could represent a profound change in the history of life on Earth, and should be planned for and managed with commensurate care and resources. In the history of human progress, a few events have stood out as especially revolutionary: the intentional use of fire, the invention of agriculture, the industrial revolution, […]

How Smart Can AI Get?

Capability Caution Principle: There being no consensus, we should avoid strong assumptions regarding upper limits on future AI capabilities. A major change is coming, over unknown timescales but across every segment of society, and the people playing a part in that transition have a huge responsibility and opportunity to shape it for the best. What […]

Can We Ensure Privacy in the Era of Big Data?

Personal Privacy Principle: People should have the right to access, manage and control the data they generate, given AI systems’ power to analyze and utilize that data. A major change is coming, over unknown timescales but across every segment of society, and the people playing a part in that transition have a huge responsibility and […]

How Do We Align Artificial Intelligence with Human Values?

A major change is coming, over unknown timescales but across every segment of society, and the people playing a part in that transition have a huge responsibility and opportunity to shape it for the best. What will trigger this change? Artificial intelligence. Recently, some of the top minds in AI and related fields got together […]

A Principled AI Discussion in Asilomar

We, the organizers, found it extraordinarily inspiring to be a part of the BAI 2017 conference, the Future of Life Institute’s second conference on the future of artificial intelligence. Along with being a gathering of endlessly accomplished and interesting people, it gave a palpable sense of shared mission: a major change is coming, over unknown […]

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