We are building systems that collect as much data as possible.

We are also building robots that can jump, run, fly and aim.

We are also building systems that can make autonomous decisions.

We are also building weaponized drones.

We are also building better and better artificial intelligence.

What could possibly go wrong???

“Somebody asked David Ferrucci (who designed Watson, the system that won Jeopardy in 2011):

Does Watson really think?

Ferrucci answered: does a submarine swim?”

[16m 20s]


“The Secretary of Defense is very, very clear. He said that we will not create fully autonomous attacking vehicles. Not everyone is gonna hold himself that same set of values. And when China or Russia start deploying autonomous vehicles that can attack and kill, what’s the move that we are gonna make?”

[37m 25s]


“It’s an open letter on artificial intelligence,* signed by some of the biggest names in science. What do they want? To ban the use of autonomous weapons.”

“We had 6,000 signatures in that letter. Including many of the major figures in that field.”

[38m 40s]



DeepMind‘s AI has administrator-level access to Google’s servers. This could be an unintentional Trojan Horse.”

[43m 50s]



“AI doesn’t have to be evil to destroy humanity. If AI has a goal, and humanity just happens to be in the way, it will destroy humanity as a matter of course. Without even thinking about it, no hard feelings. It’s just like, if we are building a road, and an anthill happens to be in the way, we don’t hate ants, we are just building a road. And so: goodbye anthill.”

[45m 12s]


Laymen are asked if robots could be conscious:

1. “I do not think that a robot could ever be conscious.”

2. “Conscious? no!”

3. “No!”

4. “No!”

5. “Nooo!”

6. “I think a robot could be programmed to be conscious. They programmed them to do everything else!”

[51m 55s]


Cambridge Analytics frontman: “We have close to 4 or 5,000 datapoints on every adult in the United States”

[01h 03m 44s]


“You know what the Turing Test is?”

“It’s when a human interacts with a computer, and when that human doesn’t know he’s interacting with a computer, the test is passed.”

“You are gonna be in a Turing Test. and if that test is passed, you are dead center of the greatest scientific invention in the history of man.”

“If you have created a conscious machine, it is not the history of man. That’s the history of gods.” [From the 2014 movie: Deus Ex Machina]

[1h 07m 40s]



“At least, when there’s an evil dictator, that human is going to die. But for an AI, there would be no death. It would live forever. And we would have an immortal dictator, from which we can never escape.”

[1h 11m 40s]


From Autonomous weapons: an open letter from AI & robotics researchers:

“If any major military power pushes ahead with AI weapon development, a global arms race is virtually inevitable, and the endpoint of this technological trajectory is obvious: autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow. Unlike nuclear weapons, they require no costly or hard-to-obtain raw materials, so they will become ubiquitous and cheap for all significant military powers to mass-produce. It will only be a matter of time until they appear on the black market and in the hands of terrorists, dictators wishing to better control their populace, warlords wishing to perpetrate ethnic cleansing, etc. Autonomous weapons are ideal for tasks such as assassinations, destabilizing nations, subduing populations and selectively killing a particular ethnic group.”


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