The dangers of AI are far more than that of a Nuclear War — Elon Musk

We know Elon Musk is pretty close to the cutting edge stuff in Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this talk he discusses his concerns about AI.

He answers some of the pressing questions and concerns and why some kind of regulation is much needed.

He understands the threats that the so called AI experts fail to see. And he admits that it scares the hell out of him.

Just 5 mins into this talk and you get an idea of the kind of impact AI can have. Let me add here that he mention the difference between Narrow or Weak AI and Digital Super Intelligence, discussed later.

I am sharing some of the highlights from his talk.

Several AI “experts” think more than they do and they think they are smarter than they actually are. They don’t understand the repercussions. He mentions that the rate of improvement is exponential in this area.

  1. Consider this AlphaGO, in a span of 6–9 months, was able to defeat the champions in the Game. AlphaGo Zero crushed AlphaGo. It learnt by playing itself. You can put in rules for any game and it can pretty much beat the best players in that. Question is did the experts predict that?
    Similarly for self driving cars. They are predicting it to be 100–200% safer in an year or two.
  2. Narrow or Weak AI does not pose a risk to species. It will result in lost jobs, better weaponry etc. But Digital Super Intelligence does. Thats why we need to do it very very carefully.

A super intelligence is a hypothetical agent that possesses intelligence far surpassing that of the brightest and most gifted human minds. –Wiki

3. He talks about regulations to ensure everyone is developing AI safely. Even though the dangers of AI are far more why no regulations?

To conclude he wishes that these developments are symbiotic with Humanity. And that we don’t create systems that pose a threat to us.

I will highly recommend that you watch this talk.

Now a wearable device to help you change your Habits !!

If you are like me then you might have a tendency to bite your nails, pull your hairs or keep doing something which you want to get rid off. Problem in such cases is awareness.

Soon you might be able to tame these habits using a wearable device. HabitAware has created a device called Liv.

A smart bracelet that creates awareness of subconscious behaviors like hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking and thumb-sucking in older children.

Willingness to change is the first step. Awareness is the second. Liv helps with this second step.

Have you heard about the Balloon Technology used by NASA

NASA recently undertook a new endeavor to allow long observations on Science phenomenon using Balloon technology. Mind you it’s not your average Balloon.

It attempts to detect Gamma Rays emitted from Black Holes and Exploding Stars.

It was launched from New Zealand and will orbit Earth for around 100 days.

Scary it may sound, but AI platforms like Amelia will replace Millions of Workers

As the Artificial Intelligence platforms evolve the job market is set to face a major revamp.

AI platforms like Amelia (created by IPsoft), and Viv (from the creators of Siri) are set to replace millions of workers.

These Robots can do most of the Jobs being done currently. Many of these are currently being tested.

Another amazing feat by Humanity as a Solar-powered plane completes journey across Pacific Ocean.

Another amazing feat by humanity. A Solar powered plane can open the endless possibilities.

The carbon-fiber aircraft weighs just about a midsize truck.

The plane’s wings, which stretch wider than those of a Boeing 747, are equipped with 17,000 solar cells that power propellers and charge batteries. The plane runs on stored energy at night.

 

I am not a visionary. I’m an engineer – Linus Torvalds

If you are into Computers and haven’t heard of Linus Torvalds then you better do some lookup. To start with he gave us Linux and to add icing to the cake he created Git.

Recently I heard him talk in a TED interview and thought of sharing it. It’s a talk worth listening to. He is not a people’s person and likes to work in his quiet office, all by himself.

The part which sounded really interesting was his take on Visionaries and why he identified more with Edison than with Tesla.

I am not a visionary. I do not have a five-year plan, I don’t have a moon shot. I’m an engineer.

Listen him share his opinions.