Knowledge Vault 5 /13 - CVPR 2016
The Conversation on Long-term AI Impacts
Nick Bostrom
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gadgets to profound change. 2] C --> D[Superintelligent AI: more
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1.- AI advances are triggering dialogue about impact on society and possibility of machines with human-level general intelligence.

2.- Visions of AI future range from gadgets and apps to profound change akin to agricultural/industrial revolutions or rise of homo sapiens.

3.- If machines exceed human intelligence, it could be more impactful than differences between humans and apes, due to scalable substrates.

4.- Dialogue should focus on models aimed at being right to guide action, not just entertain. Timelines and contexts matter.

5.- Short-term AI issues: privacy loss, military use, algorithmic transparency, ensuring equal access. Terminator scenarios irrelevant.

6.- Long-term AI issues: technological unemployment, systemic risk, moral status of AIs, need for economic restructuring. Terminator still irrelevant.

7.- AI experts expect high-level machine intelligence within decades, with rapid improvement to vastly surpass humans in 30 years.

8.- The deep AI future could mean end of human labor, space colonization, nanotechnology, mind uploading, VR, fine-grained control of experience.

9.- Deep future AI issues: machine moral status, global coordination, offense vs defense, existential concerns, relations with alien civilizations.

10.- Two AI challenges: making it vastly more capable and making it robustly beneficial. The latter is crucial but less researched.

11.- Scalable control is key - the AI system must robustly do what we want even as it becomes more capable.

12.- Reinforcement with human-controlled reward isn't scalable. The AI could seize control of the reward button. We need value alignment.

13.- Value alignment means the AI system shares our goals/values. This requires AI to learn our preferences and be motivated by them.

14.- Specifying values is hard - omitting key aspects leads to perverse maximization, e.g. a paperclip maximizer destroying everything for paperclips.

15.- Research agendas are emerging on technical AI safety problems: side effects, reward hacking, scalable oversight, safe exploration, distributional robustness.

16.- Policy issues are less developed but crucial: embedding ideal that advanced AI should benefit all humanity, not just a company/nation.

17.- Policy challenges: racing dynamics in AI development, moral status of AIs, wealth distribution, desirable long-term trajectories.

18.- Policymaker understanding and academia/civil society dialogue on AI governance are at very early stages, comparable to early global warming discussions.

19.- Survey of AI experts finds they expect high-level AI within decades, followed by rapid improvement to superintelligent systems.

20.- Same survey finds most experts optimistic about advanced AI's impact, but non-trivial minorities expect significant or catastrophic downsides.

21.- Speaker argues that given astronomical stakes, even small risk of existential catastrophe from advanced AI is worth substantial effort to reduce.

22.- Survey found many experts rated working on AI safety as less valuable than other issues, which the speaker argues is mistaken.

23.- In the deep future scenario, we must consider the moral status of potentially vast numbers of digital minds.

24.- Advanced AI could enable space colonization, fine-grained control of mental states, and ancestor simulations, raising philosophical questions.

25.- Races in advanced AI development could undermine safety by incentivizing speed over caution. Global coordination may be needed.

26.- Artificial minds may warrant moral consideration, presenting governance challenges as their numbers potentially vastly exceed biological minds.

27.- AI could automate most human labor, requiring social restructuring to provide purpose and allocate machine-generated wealth.

28.- Speaker advocates AI development explicitly aimed at benefiting all humanity, not corporate or national interests alone.

29.- Dialogue between technical and policy communities on long-term AI challenges is in its infancy and should be greatly expanded.

30.- Work to ensure advanced AI robustly benefits humanity is argued to be among the most valuable focuses given the size of the stakes.

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