The bad news is that the robot uprising is likely. The good news is that it’s not too late to stop it. By Patrick Tucker
I read through this article and it more or less seems like a dramatic pitch to buy into Steve Omohundro’s AI development plan. This plan is,
The best solution, he says, is to slow down in our building and designing of AI systems, take a layered approach, similar to the way that ancient builders used wood scaffolds to support arches under construction and only remove the scaffold when the arch is complete.
Any proposal that starts with “slow down” is laughable IMO, when has that ever happened?
The basic argument outlined for a robot uprising is that at the moment AI seeks to maximize a goal and will take whatever actions result in more and better reaching of goals. This could lead to a robot deciding to not let itself be turned off.
Meh, that seems simplistic. If this really is a problem, then it seems like constraints could be built into the code telling the robot that it isn’t allowed to take certain actions.
Declaring that there will be a robot uprising based off one person’s opinion, when said person clearly has something to sell, is not compelling to me.