Google is living up to its reputation of doing no harm. It is set on making a big red button of sorts that will stop any AI dead in its tracks everytime it becomes evil in its scope.
AI is the stuff of nightmares for many who see it as a threat to humanity. People like Elon Musk who is the CEO of Tesla and the wheelchair-bound genius physicist Stephen Hawking tend to be wary of AI since it can overtake the capabilities of mankind.
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This may result in machines winning and ruling human beings instead of the other way around. As machines become more and more life-like, the danger looms ever closer to an electronic 1984 and silicon apocalypse.
Google, Facebook and Microsoft are the companies which have the most to gain from this scheme of things. Yet Google at least is sincere in its intentions which are pure as far as machinery is concerned.
We know that AI has managed to beat master chess champions and even outwitted humans at the game called Go. Automation is becoming rife as deskilling becomes the norm. Now finally Google has put its foot down. It wants to put a stop to any machine if it goes too far.
Self-learning machines are an ever-present danger. DeepMind was bought by Google for $580 two years back. It hooked up with scientists at Oxford to make sure that AI products do not interfere with human agency. The document regarding this scheme was published online.
The paper is titled "Safely Interruptible Agents PDF." It got published on the website of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI). Lead authors of this paper are Laurent Orseau, a research scientist at Google DeepMind and Stuart Armstrong at Oxford University's Future of Humanity Institute.
AI products are notorious for behaving badly at times. It is not for nothing that the World Wide Web itself has been renamed the World Wide Wait. Various hitches and glitches in the system can lead to machines not doing man’s work and acting in a stubborn manner.
Thus a big red button is very necessary to prevent any machine from doing unnecessary harm, according to BusinessInsider. It is important for optimum safety. The human element in the equation is so crucial that it cannot be emphasized enough.
A robot that misbehaves is obviously a bad robot. It ought to be decommissioned even if only temporarily. While humans have language, choice and morals, machines have no such thing. They are cold, metallic and like zombies that will not stop in their relentless duties.
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The dystopian scenario of machines ruling the planet by the time 2100 arrives must not become a reality. That is why Google is making its inroads into ways of preventing AI from becoming autonomous.