From software engineer Brendan Dixon at Evolution News & Views:
AI theorists consider what they call Artificial Generalized Intelligence (or AGI) the ultimate goal: The intelligence of an AGI would match or beat — if you believe Musk, Kurzweil, and the other true believers — human intelligence. For these theorists, AI’s recent successes, including Google’s DeepMind, IBM’s Watson, and Tesla’s self-driving cars, are no more than steps toward that end. Like all goals, however, the pursuit of AGI rests not just on a desire to see what we can accomplish, but on beliefs about what is.
The misguided goals, the bad aim, of so much AI (though not all) arises from dismissing human uniqueness. Such AI becomes, not a tool to assist humans, but one to replace them. Whether it replaces uniquely human abilities, such as making moral judgments, or squeezes humans out altogether, as some robotics proposals tend to assume, someone will get hurt. Re-aiming AI toward “Assisted Intelligence,” rather than replacement-directed “Artificial Intelligence,” would bring more benefit and remove the scariest scenarios. Our tools do not cause our problems; it is how we use them. More.
On the other hand, computers created us, right?
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