Are We Smart Enough to Control Artificial Intelligence?

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Years ago I had coffee with a friend who ran a startup. He had just turned 40. His father was ill, his back was sore, and he found himself overwhelmed by life. "Don't laugh at me," he said, "but I was counting on the singularity." My friend worked in technology; he'd seen the changes that faster microprocessors and networks had wrought.


The future of AI is closer than we think

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Difficult ethical questions have been raised this month after artificial intelligence (AI) was shown to be 91% accurate at guessing whether somebody was gay or straight from a photograph of their face. If a madman with a nuclear weapon is a 20th century apocalypse plot, climate change and AI are the two blockbuster contenders of the 21st. AI, on the other hand, seems to still be. In Oxford, an ancient city of spires and philosophers, seemingly standing out against technological advance, there is the Future of Humanity Institute. At Stanford University, about 90% of undergraduates now take a computer science course.


Google is winning the race to develop human-level AI

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Google is leading the way in the global race to create human-level artificial intelligence, according to leading AI expert Nick Bostrom. Speaking at the IP Expo conference in London on Wednesday, October 5, Bostrom said that there are several companies and organizations that are currently focused on developing human-level AI, or artificial general intelligence. "There are different bets on what approach [to developing human-level AI] is most promising, and since we don't know what approach will ultimately work, there is some uncertainty there," Bostrom said in response to a question from Newsweek . "Baidu, Open AI, and all the large tech companies have various kinds of AI efforts that if they were to become specifically directed to this aim, they have a lot of resources." When pushed to back just one company that is currently leading the field, Bostrom said that Google's DeepMind was the clear frontrunner.


Nick Bostrom: London's DeepMind is winning the global race to develop human-level artificial intelligence

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Nick Bostrom, one of the leading voices on artificial intelligence, has singled out London research lab DeepMind as the company closest to developing a system that can mimic human-level artificial intelligence -- a target widely shared by those at the forefront of the AI industry. When asked who was leading the global AI race, Bostrom immediately responded with DeepMind. "Right now, I think here in London we have the DeepMind group who are, I think, the biggest [group] specifically focused on solving general intelligence," Bostrom told Business Insider at a breakfast meeting aboard the Sunbourn Yacht Hotel in East London on Wednesday. DeepMind, which employs approximately 250 people in King's Cross, was acquired by Google in 2014 for a reported £400 million. The organisation is perhaps best known for developing an AI agent that defeated the world champion of the ancient Chinese board, Go.


Nick Bostrom: London's DeepMind is winning the global race to develop human-level artificial intelligence

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Nick Bostrom, one of the leading voices on artificial intelligence, has singled out London research lab DeepMind as the company closest to developing a system that can mimic human-level artificial intelligence -- a target widely shared by those at the forefront of the AI industry. When asked who was leading the global AI race, Bostrom immediately responded with DeepMind. "Right now, I think here in London we have the DeepMind group who are, I think, the biggest [group] specifically focused on solving general intelligence," Bostrom told Business Insider at a breakfast meeting aboard the Sunbourn Yacht Hotel in East London on Wednesday. DeepMind, which employs approximately 250 people in King's Cross, was acquired by Google in 2014 for a reported £400 million. The organisation is perhaps best known for developing an AI agent that defeated the world champion of the ancient Chinese board, Go.