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Earlier this week, an organization called the Future of Life Institute issued an open letter on the subject of building safety measures into artificial intelligence systems (AI). The letter, and the research document that accompanies it, present a remarkably even-handed look at how AI researchers can maximize the potential of this technology. Here’s the letter at its most ominous, which is to say, not ominous at all:
Because of the great potential of AI, it is important to research how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.
And here was CNET’s headline, for its story about the letter:
Artificial intelligence experts sign open letter to protect mankind from machines
BBC News, meanwhile, ventured slightly further out of the panic room to deliver this falsehood:
Experts pledge to rein in AI research
I’d like to think that this is rock bottom.