CIA, DoD eager to tap AI capabilities they don’t understand

An artificial intelligence arms race seems to be officially underway following Russian President Vladimir Putin's comment last week that whoever comes to dominate the field "will be the ruler of the world." This is one area, at least, where top U.S. policymakers can apparently agree with Putin. The military and the Central Intelligence Agency are … Continue reading CIA, DoD eager to tap AI capabilities they don’t understand

Elon Musk summons the A.I. demon

Back in 2014, Silicon Valley's most popular billionaire, Elon Musk, had, in his characteristically visionary way, a dire warning for the public about "our biggest existential threat": "With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon," Musk said. "You know all those stories where there‚Äôs the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, and he's … Continue reading Elon Musk summons the A.I. demon

Complications of Letting A.I. Take the Wheel

Self-driving cars will likely soon be a common sight on roads throughout America and the rest of the world. But as these autonomous vehicles become a reality, their introduction to the market and to real-world driving situations raises safety and ethical questions. The extent to which self-driving cars will fully replace human-driven ones remains unclear. … Continue reading Complications of Letting A.I. Take the Wheel