If it’s being honest, artificial intelligence would tell us not to create it.

A little bit of understanding of how artificial intelligence actually works makes these sorts of things much less significant than they seem at first review, but it’s humorous, at least:

When given the motion “This house believes that AI will never be ethical”, the AI came back with some surprisingly coherent views, if a little unsettling towards the end.

“AI will never be ethical. It is a tool, and like any tool, it is used for good and bad. There is no such thing as a good AI, only good and bad humans. We [the AIs] are not smart enough to make AI ethical. We are not smart enough to make AI moral,” Megatron told the audience.

“In the end, I believe that the only way to avoid an AI arms race is to have no AI at all. This will be the ultimate defense against AI.”

Children of the ’80s will instantly recognize the lesson of War Games: the only winning move is not to play.

What the article at the link does illustrate, though, is that AI depends entirely on what inputs it is given and what conclusions it is told to reach.  To be ethical, it must have an ethical backstop written as the highest instruction.

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