Artificial Intelligence and it’s risks
From Siri to self-driving cars, AI is improving rapidly. It is important to be informed because like Craig Martell, Head of Science and Engineering at LinkedIn, said in his lecture; AI is often misunderstood.
What is Artificial Intelligence?
Simply put, it’s a machine simulating human intelligence: understanding natural language, recognizing faces in photos, driving a car, or guessing what other books we might like based on what we have previously enjoyed reading. 
What are the benefits?
The leading approach to AI is machine learning.  This technique can be applied to all sorts of problems, such as getting computers to spot patterns in medical images, for example. Google’s artificial intelligence company DeepMind are collaborating with the UK’s National Health Service in a handful of projects, including ones in which their software is being taught to diagnose cancer and eye disease from patient scans.  Others are using machine learning to catch early signs of conditions such as heart disease and Alzheimers. 
Why it is important to research AI
It is important to research what will happen if the AI succeeds and the AI becomes better than humans. Some who question if advanced AI will ever be achieved, and others who insist that the creation of super intelligent AI is guaranteed to be beneficial. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, and many other big names in science and technology have warned in the media and via open letters that we should be more concerned about possible dangerous outcomes of super smart AI. 
How can AI be dangerous?
A super intelligent AI is unlikely to exhibit human emotions like love or hate, and that there is no reason to expect AI to become intentionally benevolent or malevolent. 
- The AI is programmed to do something devastating 
- The AI is programmed to do something beneficial, but it develops a destructive method for achieving its goal 
- Phishing scams could get even worse 
- Hackers start using AI like financial firms 
- Fake news and more propaganda could be manipulated 
The problem about advanced AI isn’t that it could be malevolent but it can become too competent for our own good. AI will be extremely good at accomplishing its goals, and if those goals aren’t aligned with ours, we have a problem.  Rather than worrying about an AI takeover, the risk is that we can’t put too much trust in the smart systems that we are building. 
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