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By Bruce Sussman
Wed | Jan 9, 2019 | 9:27 AM PST

Arend Hintze is doing evolutionary Artificial Iintelligence research at Michigan State University.

And with movies and TV shows popularizing AI technology for so many years now, he says he is a bit surprised there is so much fear around the topic.

However, he is willing to look in the mirror.

"... it is hard for me to look up from the evolutionary computer models I use to develop AI, to think about how the innocent virtual creatures on my screen might become the monsters of the future. Might I become 'the destroyer of worlds,' as Oppenheimer lamented after spearheading the construction of the first nuclear bomb?"

4 fears of an Artificial Intelligence researcher

Hintze writes about his research in The Conversation along with the top 4 fears he has about Artificial Intelligence and what AI will become:

  1. Fear of the unseen in AI
  2. Fear of AI misuse
  3. Fear of  wrong social priorities
  4. Fear of the AI nightmare scenario

"As researchers, and as a society, we have not yet come up with a clear idea of what we want AI to do or become. In part, of course, this is because we don’t yet know what it’s capable of. But we do need to decide what the desired outcome of advanced AI is."

And he writes, we must find the answer to this question: "Why should a superintelligence keep us around?"

For the sake of humans, let's hope there's a good answer to that question.

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