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AI Scientists Gather to Plot Doomsday Scenarios (and Solutions)

Blue team, including Launchbury, Fisher and Krauss, in the War and Peace scenarioTessa Eztioni, Origins Project at ASU

Blue team, including Launchbury, Fisher and Krauss, in the War and Peace scenarioTessa Eztioni, Origins Project at ASU

Researchers, cyber-security experts and policy wonks ask themselves: What could possibly go wrong?

 reports: Artificial intelligence boosters predict a brave new world of flying cars and cancer cures. Detractors worry about a future where humans are enslaved to an evil race of robot overlords. Veteran AI scientist Eric Horvitz and Doomsday Clock guru Lawrence Krauss, seeking a middle ground, gathered a group of experts in the Arizona desert to discuss the worst that could possibly happen — and how to stop it.

Their workshop took place last weekend at Arizona State University with funding from Tesla Inc. co-founder Elon Musk and Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn. Officially dubbed “Envisioning and Addressing Adverse AI Outcomes,” it was a kind of AI doomsday games that organized some 40 scientists, cyber-security

experts and policy wonks into groups of attackers — the red team — and defenders — blue team — playing out AI-gone-very-wrong scenarios, ranging from stock-market manipulation to global warfare.

Horvitz is optimistic — a good thing because machine intelligence is his life’s work — but some other, more dystopian-minded backers of the project seemed to find his outlook too positive when … (read more)

via Bloomberg

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