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Recently, the federal office of Science and Technology Policy issued a request for public feedback on "overarching questions in [Artificial Intelligence], including AI research and the tools, technologies, and training that are needed to answer these questions." OSTP is in the process of co-hosting four public workshops in 2016 on topics in AI in order to spur public dialogue on these topics and to identify challenges and opportunities related to this emerging technology. These topics include the legal and governance issues for AI, AI for public good, safety and control for AI, and the social and economic implications of AI. The Request for Information lists 10 specific topics on which the government would appreciate feedback, including "the use of AI for public good" and "the most pressing, fundamental questions in AI research, common to most or all scientific fields." One of the academics who answered the request for information is Shannon Vallor, who is the William J. Rewak Professor at Santa Clara University, and one of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics' faculty scholars.


AI trained to slay players in a computer game could one day lead to killer robots

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Two students have built an AI that could be the basis of future killer robots. In a controversial move, the pair trained an AI bot to kill human players within the classic video game Doom. Critics have expressed concern over the AI technology and the risk it could pose to humans in future. Devendra Chaplot and Guillaume Lample, from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh trained an AI bot - nicknamed Arnold - using'deep reinforcement learning' techniques. While Google's AI software had previously been shown to tackle vintage 2D Atari games such as Space Invaders, the students wanted to expand the technology to tackle three-dimensional first-person shooter games like Doom.


A.I. and robots aren't gunning for your job, White House economist says

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Artificial intelligence and robots aren't coming for your job anytime soon, the U.S. White House's chief economic adviser says. Some technology experts worry about the economic impact of A.I.-powered computers and robots, but Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, predicts that A.I. will grow the economy instead of taking jobs away. While some jobs may disappear, A.I. will create new jobs and consumer demand for new products and services, he said Wednesday at the Nvidia GPU Technology Conference in Washington, D.C. While technology critics believe "the robots are going to take all our jobs away from us," A.I. won't change the basic rules of economics, Furman said. A.I. will create some economic challenges, just as other technologies have, he said.


How Tech Giants Are Devising Real Ethics for Artificial Intelligence

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For years, science-fiction moviemakers have been making us fear the bad things that artificially intelligent machines might do to their human creators. But for the next decade or two, our biggest concern is more likely to be that robots will take away our jobs or bump into us on the highway. Now five of the world's largest tech companies are trying to create a standard of ethics around the creation of artificial intelligence. While science fiction has focused on the existential threat of A.I. to humans, researchers at Google's parent company, Alphabet, and those from Amazon, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft have been meeting to discuss more tangible issues, such as the impact of A.I. on jobs, transportation and even warfare. Tech companies have long overpromised what artificially intelligent machines can do.


5 Intriguing Uses for Artificial Intelligence (That Aren't Killer Robots)

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Rather than leading to the violent downfall of humankind, artificial intelligence is helping people around the world do their jobs, including doctors who diagnose sepsis in patients and scientists who track endangered animals in the wild, experts said Thursday (Oct. Advancements in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) haven't always been met with enthusiasm. Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking warned on several occasions that a fully developed AI could destroy the human race, and Hollywood sci-fi movies are rife with fierce robots battling humans for control. But at yesterday's conference -- attended by the country's leading researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and students -- scientists explained how newly developed AI is accelerating research and improving lives. Here is a look at five AI inventions that are already redefining technology.