“Self-driving cars are here”
With the hugely deceptive title Andrew NG, chief Scientist of Baidu, has chosen for this article, he has lost any credibility, by lowering down to a cheap lying salesman.
Let’s connect this show of ethics to the self-declared motives driving Musk and Bezos in their space travel plans, and recent statements by Larry Page, quoted in Max Tegmark latest book, on how it’ll be just right and fine for machines to take over.
It is becoming clear to me that we will never be able to succeed in AI ethics, safety or human alignment if those we let on the driving seats have radically different values, ethics and practical interests.
Our main concern should, therefore, be the ethics and “humans’ alignment” of the top AI owners and researchers.
How do we influence that? Simple. Through nations taking full responsibility nationally – and through strong and democratic treaties – of the Political Economics of IT and AI: antitrust, decentralized ownership of huge IT and AI giants, stringent security regulations, a huge Global AI Manhattan Project.
Or do we want the future of humanity be determined by the fulfillment of the childhood dreams and fears of a few very bright socially-challenged nerds or of Trump-like leaders?