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Bill Gates doesn't get why we're not worried about super intelligent AI

Devindra Hardawar, @devindra
January 28, 2015
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Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking have brought up the potential dangers of super intelligent AI several times over the past few years (Musk even donated $10 million toward cautious AI research), but now Bill Gates is also getting into the mix. In his Reddit "AmA" Q&A session today, Gates made it clear that he agrees with Musk's stance, which basically amounts to being very careful about how we approach the rise of intelligent machines:

I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it well. A few decades after that though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don't understand why some people are not concerned.

In an interview with Backchannel last week, Gates noted he's not trying to "stop things or slow things down." Instead, it seems like he's just trying to raise awareness for two potential issues: AI replacing jobs that humans are adapted to -- "the jobs that give you a sense of purpose and worth" -- and stronger AI that could end up "conflicting with the goals of human systems."

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