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Why do we need explainable AI?

As argued by Selvaraju et al., there are three stages of AI evolution, in which interpretability is helpful. In the early stages of AI development, when AI is weaker than human performance, ...
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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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Is a dystopian surveillance state computationally possible?

You don't necessarily have to analyse it all. Just by having such data available you can achieve a lot in terms of surveillance, as long as you can retrieve relevant parts. A few years ago there was ...
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Why do we need explainable AI?

Why do we need explainable AI? ... why we need to know "how does its intelligence work?" Because anyone with access to the equipment, enough skill, and enough time, can force the system to make a ...
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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 is it that AI can become biased, and what are the proposals to mitigate this?

Lately with my Google searches, the AI model keeps auto filling the ending of my searches with: “...in Vietnamese” I can see how this would be annoying. I don't think Google's auto-complete algorithm ...
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How to reinvent jobs replaced by AI?

With AI technology at its current stage (or at least reasonably close to this stage), the jobs you proposed may very well be openings created by AI automation. However, sufficiently advanced AI ...
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What are the advantages of having self-driving cars?

One of the main arguments for self-driving cars is that presumably they'll get better and better at driving as the technology progresses, they have no temporal attention deficits or aggressive urges ...
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Is the singularity something to be taken seriously?

I can say that among AI researchers I interact with, it far more common to view it as wild speculation than as settled fact. This is borne out by surveys of AI researchers, with 80% thinking strong ...
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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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Is a dystopian surveillance state computationally possible?

You would also want to consider physical limitations. If you are even storing 126 yottabyte of data per day, then if we look at the current theoretical densest data storage medium, DNA, at 215 ...
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Which is the most successful AI project so far?

I'd say the most successful are the ones so commonly used that we don't even notice them: The mail systems that automatically decipher handwritten addresses on your packages, they use machine vision ...
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Why do we need explainable AI?

If you're a bank, hospital or any other entity that uses predictive analytics to make a decision about actions that have huge impact on people's lives, you would not make important decisions just ...
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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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Is a dystopian surveillance state computationally possible?

The answer is really very simple. If you have the dystopian power over all the mobile devices in the first place, you would not make them send all their data over to any "global data storage" just ...
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What are the advantages of having self-driving cars?

There are multiple motivations for self driving cars. Self driving cars have the potential to be much safer. Self driving cars are far more reliable than humans and can learn and have their ...
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Why are neural networks considered to be artificial intelligence?

Why are we now considering neural networks to be artificial intelligence? "We" aren't. It is generally due to reporting by media sources that simplify science and technology news. The ...
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What are the most instructive movies about artificial intelligence?

Here are my suggestions Her, the AI part (movie spoiler): Ex Machina the AI part (movie spoiler): Eagle Eye, the AI part (movie spoiler): Big Hero 6, the AI part (movie spoiler):
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Why do we need explainable AI?

Explainable AI is often desirable because AI (in particular, artificial neural networks) can catastrophically fail to do their intended job. More specifically, it can be hacked or attacked with ...
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What are the most instructive movies about artificial intelligence?

2001 (1968) HAL 9000 is a great example of an artificial general intelligence that goes astray, where the humans don't understand the reasoning process as values dis-align. (This is a nod to Asimov ...
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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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Would the people of the 19th Century call our conventional software today artificial intelligence?

They would probably have followed the same sequence we do: be amazed at the capabilities, ask how it is done, wonder whether this is really intelligence and (or) point out our narrow the performance ...
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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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Would it be ethical to allow an AI to make life-or-death medical decisions?

I disagree with the idea that a trained Machine Learning model would be impartial. Models are trained on data sets that contain features. Humans prepare those data sets and decide what features are ...
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What are the advantages of having self-driving cars?

Why are self-driving cars awesome? Safety: better awareness (due to more sensors), better reaction time, fewer distracted/injured/drunk/texting drivers on the road, etc Convenience: pick up my kids ...
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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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When the AI singularity takes over, what will there be left for us to do?

Given all your assumptions about AI turn out to be true, we would have some kind of utopia, where no one has to work, and there is plenty of everything. Fair enough. Your other assumptions is about ...
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How to reinvent jobs replaced by AI?

AI production overseers - People who will command AI to build and control mines and factories. It's like a strategic game, but in the real world. Explanation: AI even with the intellect of a bee and ...
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How to reinvent jobs replaced by AI?

AI Gatekeepers Their job would be to make sure they (AI) don't accidentally become our overlords. AI Tax Each robot that replaces a human worker is taxed. This line of thought was influenced by Bill ...
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