Session 2. AI Inevitable

Sponsor: S.M.

Signatories: A.G., D.H., H.M., M.Z., N.C..

Topic: Artificial Intelligence Inevitable

Explaining artificial intelligence as an advanced computational tool and acknowledging the inevitability of it,

  1. States that although the AI is a lot about machine learning it is important to identify the subject of learning and the method of learning.
  2. Distinguishes between the AI and Technology, where the latter executes and the former decides or at least aides in making a decision.
  3. Forewarns that the AI should be employed as a reference and not replace the judgement, at least at this early stage of its development.
  4. Draws parallels to the 1867 invention of dynamite by Alfred Nobel as a solution to use in mining and transport, and therefore stresses the danger of the AI if used maliciously.
  5. Speculates that AI may cause humankind loose their interest in life through repetitive and improving prediction algorithms.
  6. States the disadvantage of becoming a human habit not to doubt in the outcome of the AI computation and taking it for granted, which is eventually a trust in the flawlessness of another human being who had programmed the AI or, at least, had set in motion the learning process of it.
  7. Alerts about the infancy of the ethical and legal issues arising together with the advancement of the AI. Refers to a discussion around the ethical issues of the influence of social media during the talk of Tom Fletcher in Dubai this Autumn.
  8. Reminisces Isaak Asimov Laws of Robotics and calls for the issues of governance of the AI.
  9. Lists reduction of the maintenance costs in infrastructure as a positive side of the Artificial Intelligence, as well as an effect, similar to Toyota’s reinvention of the manufacturing process, on industrial expenses.
  10. Poses the question: how does humanity recognizes that the AI has arrived?
  11. Calls for the humanity to be prepared to upgrade itself and be prepared to create the jobs in lieu of roles taken over by the machines, more creative and emotionally fulfilling jobs.
  12. Stresses the necessity for the society to alter its principles of human remuneration or taxation of the machines.
  13. Foresees the coming iteration of the AI indeterminate to a more human form starting from the brain chips implants to prosthetics and biomedical engineering.

Dubai,  Dec 5, 2017

Side notes: the discussion has been packed with energy and disagreements and accord and we have really had fun. Some of the references: Tom Fletcher, Naked Diplomat book,  Isaak Asimov’s Laws, the importance of reading books in the ‘Short Circuit‘ movie, and sentient robots in the ‘Bicentennial Man,’ universal basic income from the book ‘Utopia for Realists‘ — a chance, and finally Tamagotchi.



2 thoughts on “Session 2. AI Inevitable

  1. Paul Epping says:

    Very good initiative. I’d also advise focussing on the positive effects of AI in all kinds of markets where we achieve(d) many good things due to AI: communication, transportation, healthcare.
    Let’s set up a bigger event with the Singularity University Chapter, Dubai

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