A thought provoking interview and excellent introduction that sounds a note of caution about AI and gives good reasons for doing so.
- some interesting stuff about how people and robots process goals and the huge number of actions and priorities that make up a single ‘simple’ action (around 32 minutes);
- Discussion about recent progress with AI learning to play real-time strategy video games that are far more complex than chess;
- A definition of ‘beneficial’ AI and some other nuances beyond standard ‘general artificial intelligence’ around 43 minutes;
- A brilliant illustration about robots cooking cats at 1 hour and 16 minutes.
Brooks is less concerned, and takes an ‘AI will take a lot longer to develop than anyone thinks’ approach to the topic, with some good points about how developing AI forces us to clarify our own ethics and priorities.
Harari paints an unsettling picture of a post-human future.
Amy Web on Econtalk – Artificial Intelligence, Humanity, and the Big Nine
On my hit list. I’m a Russ Roberts fan and expect this will be a useful addition, in particular on “the implications and possible futures of a world where artificial intelligence is increasingly part of our lives.”
Resources in WtF from Kevin Kelly, Tim O’Reilly and James Gleick,