University of Louisville computer engineering professor Roman Yampolskiy is studying artificial intelligence. He says most Americans don't understand and aren't prepared for the takeover of many jobs by robots in the very near future. Many repetitive jobs are already being done by computers or robots. "We're starting to see more intellectual jobs being automated and once we get to the human level, everything goes," Yampolskiy says. "The prediction is, something like, 2045 is the likely time when machines will do the same things most humans do."
The possibility that a malevolent artificial intelligence might pose a serious threat to humankind has become a hotly debated issue. Various high profile individuals from the physicist Stephen Hawking to the tech entrepreneur, Elon Musk, have warned of the danger. Which is why the field of artificial intelligence safety is emerging as an important discipline. Computer scientists have begun to analyse the unintended consequences of poorly designed AI systems, of AI systems created with faulty ethical frameworks or ones that do not share human values. But there's an important omission in this field, say independent researcher Federico Pistono and Roman Yampolskiy from the University of Louisville in Kentucky.
From The Jetsons to I, Robot, science fiction writers have illustrated both exciting and frightening visions of the impact computers, robots or other forms of artificial intelligence (AI) could have on society and mankind. As technology has become increasingly integrated into our lives, the prospect of living with super-intelligent machines has become not only conceivable, but perhaps inevitable. Roman Yampolskiy, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at UofL's Speed School of Engineering, will share his insights into the current and future reality of artificial intelligence at the next Beer with a Scientist event, March 15 at 8 p.m. at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St. "Many scientists, futurologists and philosophers have predicted that humanity will achieve a technological breakthrough and create Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), machines that can perform any task as well as a human can," Yampolskiy said. "It has been suggested that AGI may be a positive or negative factor in all domains, including technology and economy. I will attempt to analyze some likely changes caused by arrival of AGI." Yampolskiy is interested in AI, AI safety, cybersecurity, digital forensics, pattern recognition and games related to artificial intelligence.