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Gary_EL
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7/28/2015 | 2:00:55 AM
The genie can't be put back into the bottle
Whether Stephen Hawking likes it or not, these weapons will be developed. If we don't, China will. If we do, China will. And, there is always collateral damage, whether it's a "smart" weapon or a "dumb" weapon. The trick is to build it to tighter specifications, so more of the correct targets and fewer of the incorrect targets get hit. Humans will never stop fighting. It's hoped that in the decades to come, there are more and more military weapons and targets in space, so more of the fighting takes place there.
Whoopty
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7/28/2015 | 7:44:29 AM
Re: The genie can't be put back into the bottle
Personally, I'd much prefer a robotic assassin that had the potential to take out a couple of high profile targets without collateral damage, instead of us bombing the hell out of a region and causing multitudes of innocencts to be killed in the process. 

That said, the arms race would work defensively too, with robots protecting us against robots. I would much rather we worked to develop safeguards internationally, rather than putting a ban in place, only for a rogue nation to figure it out on their own. 
Susan Fourtané
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7/28/2015 | 8:02:49 AM
Re: The genie can't be put back into the bottle
Gary, I agree. Unfortunately, humans will never stop fighting for one reason, or another. Even though I support AI for the countless benefits and possibilities that will prove to be good and useful for humanity, I positively know there are going to be evil minds behind some developments that will only contribute to destruction. -Susan
Susan Fourtané
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7/28/2015 | 8:22:49 AM
Blaming AI for human destructive behavior
"Such systems, by virtue of their affordability, would inevitably come to be ubiquitous and would be used for assassinations, destabilizing nations, ethnic killings, and terrorism, the letter asserts." --- I wonder, all that hasn't existed without the existence of AI? -Susan
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7/29/2015 | 12:36:46 AM
Re: Blaming AI for human destructive behavior
Controlling AI is not difficult. However it is the concept of a self aware AI that disturbs me.Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates agree that a future that is dependent on robots and artificial intelligence needs more safety and insurance. A wrongly programmed drone could kill of hundreds and if hacked, AI would be difficult to manage.
SunitaT0
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7/29/2015 | 12:39:42 AM
Re: The genie can't be put back into the bottle
Maybe people should make robots to solve problems like handicap and population explosion among other things. They should make robots to build colonies on different habitable planets and moons of the solar system. They should make robots to facilitate space exploration.
SunitaT0
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7/29/2015 | 12:41:46 AM
Re: The genie can't be put back into the bottle
@gary: true. The Chinese government is strong and they have had different weapons testing through the years. I think they are a cold threat to other countries.
Gary_EL
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7/29/2015 | 1:03:35 AM
Re: The genie can't be put back into the bottle
I don't think building robots of war precludes building robots for peace. History suggests the opposite - war technology often gets used for peaceful purposes – look at semiconductors. A robot that can outthink a human is certainly possible, but despite the popular TV show, a human author cannot create a conscious being that is self-aware. The notion is silly. And, yes, since 1945, the major instigator of technological change worldwide has been the USA. But there's a new actor on stage – China. From now on, people need to disabuse themselves of the idea that if we don't do it, there won't be someone else who will.
Susan Fourtané
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7/29/2015 | 3:31:36 AM
Re: Blaming AI for human destructive behavior
Sunita, what solution do you propose? -Susan
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7/30/2015 | 11:05:18 AM
Too late to ban AI weapons
Its too late to ban AI weapons!  "Fire and Forget" weapons have long been used in war.  Maybe you think that an air-to-air missile seeking and destroying the hottest target it "sees" is not AI.  Well that's another argument to have someday, isn't it.

I have always liked Prof. Allen Perlis' definition of AI from the 1960's: "A system is intelligent if you think it is".
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