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Google executive downplays AI’s possible threat to mankind

Khristian Ibarrola

Inquirer.net/Asia News Network

 /  Fri, September 22, 2017  /  01:35 pm
Google executive downplays AI’s possible threat to mankind

The self-learning technology has often been linked to multiple doomsday scenarios where the machines could one day overthrow mankind. (Shutterstock.com/File)

Tesla founder Elon Musk has long warned the public about the rise of the artificial intelligence (AI) in the near future.

The self-learning technology has often been linked to multiple doomsday scenarios where the machines could one day overthrow mankind.

However, Google’s AI chief John Giannandrea has disputed such claims and advised the public not to be worried of a possible “AI apocalypse.”

There’s a huge amount of unwarranted hype around AI right now,” he said in a Bloomberg report. “This leap into, ‘Somebody is going to produce a superhuman intelligence and then there’s going to be all these ethical issues’ is unwarranted and borderline irresponsible.”

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Among those AI problematic scenarios include the reality of the machine developing a consciousness much like humans—which is often portrayed in technology wasteland- themed films.

Giannandrea added that most AI designs are “dumber than you think,” with a narrow intelligence that are only capable of very specific tasks.

“They’re not nearly as general purpose as a 4-year-old child,” he said.

Still, the development of technology continues to grow at a rapid pace, with seemingly unthinkable scenarios becoming a reality with each passing day.

Will AI one day pose a threat to humans? Only time will tell.

This article appeared on the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post