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How could artificial intelligence harm us?

tl;dr There are many valid reasons why people might fear (or better be concerned about) AI, not all involve robots and apocalyptic scenarios. To better illustrate these concerns, I'll try to split ...
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How could artificial intelligence harm us?

Short term Physical accidents, e.g. due to industrial machinery, aircraft autopilot, self-driving cars. Especially in the case of unusual situations such as extreme weather or sensor failure. ...
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How could artificial intelligence harm us?

In addition to the other answers, I would like to add to nuking cookie factory example: Machine learning AIs basically try to fulfill a goal described by humans. For example, humans create an AI ...
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How could artificial intelligence harm us?

My favorite scenario for harm by AI involves not high intelligence, but low intelligence. Specifically, the grey goo hypothesis. This is where a self-replicating, automated process runs amok and ...
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How could artificial intelligence harm us?

I have an example which goes in kinda the opposite direction of the public's fears, but is a very real thing, which I already see happening. It is not AI-specific, but I think it will get worse ...
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Why is AI safety so much harder than Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics"?

The reason this is hard is because it is not trivial to understand what a law means. Many humans still have a hard time understanding laws and thus we have millions of judges and lawyers who study ...
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How could artificial intelligence harm us?

I would say the biggest real threat would be the unbalancing/disrupting we are already seeing. The changes of putting 90% the country out of work are real, and the results (which will be even more ...
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How could artificial intelligence harm us?

This only intents to be a complement to other answers so I will not discuss to possibility of AI trying to willingly enslave humanity. But a different risk is already here. I would call it unmastered ...
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What are the societal risks associated with AI?

The biggest risk is algorithmic bias. As more and more decision-making processes are taken on by AI systems, there will be an abdication of responsibility to the computer; people in charge will simply ...
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How could artificial intelligence harm us?

I think one of the most real (ie. related to current, existing AIs) risks are in blindly relying on unsupervised AIs, for two reasons. 1. AI systems may degrade Physical error in AI systems may ...
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Could artificial intelligence cause problems for humanity after figuring out human behavior?

Will Artificial Intelligence some day become a problem to humanity after learning human behaviors and characteristics? It can be answered in both ways, I think. Yes, they may become a problem. ...
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Is there a way to protect humanity against the impending singularity?

What you are talking about is known as the Control Problem. We have our own tag for this specific topic here, which you can use for this and similar questions. How to address the control problem is ...
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What is neoluddism?

My understanding of Neo-Luddism is that it is concerned with the unforeseeable effects of technology. The "blackening of London" (see Blake's London) in the early industrial era was an unforeseen ...
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How could artificial intelligence harm us?

Human beings currently exist in an ecological-economic niche of "the thing that thinks". AI is also a thing that thinks, so it will be invading our ecological-economic niche. In both ecology and ...
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What are the societal risks associated with AI?

One risk that’s already realized: large online vendors think they have implemented artificial intelligence in their “help” pages and therefore they can (try to) make it impossible to get to someone ...
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What are the societal risks associated with AI?

Offloading of responsibility may the single greatest danger. Where algorithmic bias may be the core issue of Machine Learning, it can be identified and mitigated. Transferring responsibility to a ...
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What are the societal risks associated with AI?

IMHO the greatest risk is that AI can make people lazy. If you can ask an AI for an answer to any problem, what's your motivation to figure out how to figure out the answer for yourself? I have run ...
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How could artificial intelligence harm us?

In addtion to the many answers already provided, I would bring up the issue of adversarial examples in the area of image models. Adversarial examples are images that have been perturbed with ...
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How could artificial intelligence harm us?

AI that is used to solve a real world problem could pose a risk to humanity and doesn't exactly require sentience, this also requires a degree of human stupidity too.. Unlike humans, an AI would ...
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Will robots rebel against their human creators?

I don't like to be a killjoy, but this question seems premature (that's why it's hd the "mythology of AI" tag added to it). The kinds of emergent artificial general intelligence depicted in the movies ...
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Should we focus more on societal or technical issues with AI risk

Neither AI alignment nor AI governance are important yet. We are so far away from AGI that we don't even know what is missing. We don't set up safety instructions for interstellar travel, so why ...
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Will/can AI be the worst enemy to humanity?

I highly suggest you read Hannu Rajaneimi's Quantum Thief trilogy, William Gibson's Neuromancer trilogy, and Phillip K. Dick's Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep, Isaac Asimov's I, Robot. It's a ...
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Is there a way to protect humanity against the impending singularity?

Predicting what happens post-singularity is simply not possible as we cannot attempt to model let alone conceptualise a mind far more complex than ours. If that is a difficult concept to get your head ...
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