Quote of the week

Who is quoted below, in a landmark article on artificial intelligence last year?

“If we understood exactly what the [artificial intelligence] potentials are, then we’d have a much better grip on how to sculpt it toward ends that we find desirable. But I think a widely perceived issue is when intelligent entities start to take on a life of their own. They revolutionized the way we understand chess, for instance. That’s pretty harmless. But one can imagine if they revolutionized the way we think about warfare or finance, either those entities themselves or the people that control them. It could pose some disquieting perturbations on the rest of our lives.”

Answer: Frank Wilczek, professor of physics, in “But What Would the End of Humanity Mean for Me?” The Atlantic, May 9, 2014. Wilczek’s quote is just part of a fascinating article referencing some impressive warnings from some impressive minds.


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