Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s DeepMind Is To Empower Humans Not Destroy Us
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)(NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s artificial intelligence (AI) research division, Google DeepMind, is not here to cause havoc to humanity but to empower it, according to Mustafa Suleyman, one of the founders of DeepMind. Speaking at Bloomberg’s AI2015 conference, Suleyman sought to address some of the concerns that even people like Bill Gates have had about the rapid development of AI. In Suleyman’s view, one of the things they do about AI at DeepMind is that they ensure that the technology is within the control of humans, regardless of how powerful it may seem.
There is a general fear that AI may, at some point, destroy humanity and that fear is shared by prominent entrepreneurs like Bill Gates and Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA)’s CEO, Elon Musk. In a blog post, Musk even expressed concern over robots starting to destroy humanity in about five years.
AI isn’t a threat as impending natural disasters
Musk is one of the early investors in Google DeepMind. On the issue of AI destroying humanity, Suleyman disagrees with this investor. What Suleyman sees is that AI will actually empower humanity, rather than cause its destruction. According to Suleyman, if there is anything that should worry people more it is the impending natural catastrophes.
To ensure that its projects are both legal and safe, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s DeepMind has an ethics board to guide its initiatives. The company has never disclosed the names on the board, but Suleyman said that in due course they will make known to the public those who sit on the DeepMind’s ethics board.
Among many things that the board does is ensure that AI developed by DeepMind is within human control and cannot cause harm.
Google in AI
At its annual I/O developer conference, Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) showcased various AI initiatives, including where a piece of cloth is used to manipulate a smartphone and people being able to understand whether a food is healthy or not by scanning a photo of it to get its calorie reading.
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