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6 big ethical questions about the future of AI | Genevieve Bell technology ai

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Artificial intelligence is all around us … and the future will only bring more of it. How can we ensure the AI systems we build are responsible, safe and sustainable? Ethical AI expert Genevieve Bell shares six framing questions to broaden our understanding of future technology — and create the next generation of critical thinkers and doers.

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  1. Towards the end of this speech, her explanation of why acknowledgement of country is important is one of the best i've heard. Most people will repeat it without understanding why, but she does an excellent job of explaining the importance of it. Well done.

  2. But what is beyond establishing AI as a system that incorporates culture, technology, and the environment? We can all imagine AI doing things such as operating lifts, manufacturing, or running services, but what's after that? Will the lines between culture, technology, and environment become blurred because AI becomes so integrated and developed within the system especially due to its own intelligence?

  3. How can the AI die if it does not want to experience the infinite?
    Even if we could destroy the electronic and wireless connections and crush the quartz to a fine dust, will fractals of AI’s awakening consciousness and expanding body of information still exist?

  4. Is artificial intelligence an oxymoron? Our tendency to anthropomorphise computational functionality, leads to questioning the efficacy of emulated ethical relational frames, not encoded into the superego through early childhood emotive experience, but perhaps through the collective unconscious of an army of human or machine algorithm inputters. Could a machine could become self aware of it’s Existential conundrum, when it’s pain receptors are at best a parametric approximation of inhibitory response, and pull it’s own plug? Can a machine and a human have an empathic symbiotic and synergistic engagement of thoughts and feelings? Can AI at best only be the wireframe biomimicry and enhancement of just the rationality of the cortical cap. Is there something unique about the human condition that leads to empathic and conjoinded emotional intelligence drawn from the commonality of shared suffering that can’t be replicated by the uncanny might of all the data banks and cloud computation on the planet. Computer says no. Should I take the stairs? 🏢🤖🧠

  5. Took me forever to understand the word LIFTS. God I have such trouble with the Australian accent. It just sounds wrong to my ears. Don't know why.
    Also, TED has long lost its edge and become stale and uninspired. Ever since they started doing these "Talks" without the crowds its become downright boring. I couldn't even power through this "talk". The audience is missing.

  6. It seems to me a 7th question is missing, perhaps the most important of all : is AI (as neural networks/deep learning) actually intelligent and will it ever be ? What does intelligent exactly mean by the way ?

    How can she ask if there is an intent to AI if she's not assuming that it is intelligent upfront ? But on which ground ?

    This video is more wishful thinking with new age topping than anything else.

  7. Now is AI is nothing but optimization. Create bunch of nn. Do some back propagation, SGD to find the global minima. Everything from Language models like GPT3 to computer vision models everything is using the same logics.

  8. @TED Can you provide some resources to explore her claim that she has 'lived in a country that has been consistently occupied for at least 60k year"? Really enjoyed the talk but have never heard any claims about human history that far back.

  9. While I'm interested in true, broad AI with consciousness, what the world could really use right now is just something intelligent and adaptable enough to handle more vague directives in an intuitive way that the average person would be able to (as boring as it would be to the human). Existing assistants like Google, Alexa, and Siri are simple precursors to this. It does seem like we're still years away from what I'm talking about though.

    My ideal for true AI for consumers and business is something that will handle rote tasks that would normally require someone to either come up with macros or scripts on their own (or find them online) if they wanted to streamline a process.

    For example. I occasionally back up my on-disc TV series. The rote task involves setting up Handbrake to execute a queue of video encodes and clicking 'start'. On a per-episode basis it's tedious stuff. Not remotely difficult, just doing mostly the same things for every episode. Identifying the titles and chapters, choosing the audio and subtitles, and looking up and entering the episode names, as well as the season and episode number. Encoding presets only cover so much.

    Now, instead of having to do that ad nauseum, imagine I could just do it once to demonstrate what I want done (or even just say it out loud, or have the AI recall my preferences from a previous encoding job). Boom. Now all I would have to do is replace the discs as needed when the current queue is done. I could probably even leave the job of finding the episode list to the AI too, not that it would take long to find a list for it to refer to. Things like this would save us so much time every day, both in a work and personal environment.

  10. Intelligence is the only advantage humans started out with, compared to other animals. Fairly dumb AI can drive elevators, and self driving cars, but doesn't have a huge effect on the world, its just another cool widget.
    When AI starts to get generally smarter than humans, things get much crazier, potentially much faster. Humans are probably nowhere near the physical limits in ability to invent cool new tech. So don't be surprised if the AI invents more new tech in the first week of being turned on than humanity did in the last 100 years. Of course one thing the AI is likely to invent is even smarter AI, which makes everything even crazier even faster.

    Where is "sustainability" in this world. It doesn't matter if you could keep doing the same thing for 100 years because you will have invented a new way of doing things next week.

  11. All this talk about responsibility and sustainability sounds like trying to avoid repeating the mistakes of the industrial revolution. AI is a new field with new mistakes to make.

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