Hillary Clinton on AI risk

From What Happened, p. 241:

Technologists like Elon Musk, Sam Altman, and Bill Gates, and physicists like Stephen Hawking have warned that artificial intelligence could one day pose an existential security threat. Musk has called it “the greatest risk we face as a civilization.” Think about it: Have you ever seen a movie where the machines start thinking for themselves that ends well? Every time I went out to Silicon Valley during the campaign, I came home more alarmed about this. My staff lived in fear that I’d start talking about “the rise of the robots” in some Iowa town hall. Maybe I should have. In any case, policy makers need to keep up with technology as it races ahead, instead of always playing catch-up.

Comments

  1. Victor says

    Wow! this is an amazing and robust point, indeed: “Think about it: Have you ever seen a movie where the machines start thinking for themselves that ends well?”

    She should read Isaac Asimov. Then she would realize that science fiction is not a reason to go for or against anything.

  2. says

    I’ve always fantasized about a major politician taking AI risk seriously. But I never thought it would actually happen. This quote is very promising.

    Trump cut ties with Peter Thiel and Elon Musk, so I’m guessing AI risk isn’t going to be a political issue till at least 2020. But I bet it’ll become a real political issue within our lifetimes.

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