A new report about artificial intelligence and its effects warns AI has reached a turning point and its negative effects can no longer be ignored. The big picture: For all the sci-fi worries about ultra-intelligent machines or wide-scale job loss from automation -- both of which would require artificial intelligence that is far more capable than what has been developed so far -- the larger concern may be about what happens if AI doesn't work as intended. Background: The AI100 project -- which was launched by Eric Horvitz, who served as Microsoft's first chief scientific officer, and is hosted by the Stanford Institute on Human-Centered AI (HAI) -- is meant to provide a longitudinal study of a technology that seems to be advancing by the day. What's happening: The panel found AI has exhibited remarkable progress over the past five years, especially in the area of natural language processing (NLP) -- the ability of AI to analyze and generate human language. The catch: That means AI has reached a point where its downsides in the real world are becoming increasingly difficult to miss -- and increasingly difficult to stop.
Sep-19-2021, 13:50:08 GMT