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Chris Olah Google researcher

We believe it’s essential to ground concerns in real machine-learning research, and to start developing practical approaches for engineering AI systems that operate safely and reliably
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Benja Fallenstein

Imagine a computer that wants to calculate π to as many digits as possible. That computer will see humans as being made of atoms which it could use to build more computers; and worse, since we would object to that and might try to stop it, we’d be a potential threat that it would be in the AI’s interest to eliminate
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Andrew Davison Professor at Imperial College London

Exponentially increasing technology might lead to super-human AI and other developments that will change the world utterly in the surprisingly near future (i.e. perhaps the next 20--30 years)
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Kris Yes we can

Anything can happen during 50 years
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Michael Vassar Co-founder and Chief Science Officer of MetaMed Research

If greater-than-human artificial general intelligence is invented without due caution, it is all but certain that the human species will be extinct in very short order.
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Paul Christiano PhD Theoretical Computer Science, UC Berkeley | Researcher at OpenAI

Ideally, “each time you build a more powerful machine, it effectively models human values and does what humans would like,” says Christiano. But he worries that these machines may stray from human values as they surpass human intelligence.
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Stuart Armstrong PhD Mathematics, Oxford | Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute

One of the things that makes AI risk scary is that it’s one of the few that is genuinely an extinction risk if it were to go bad. With a lot of other risks, it’s actually surprisingly hard to get to an extinction risk.
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Anthony Mullen Personal Technology Research Director at Gartner. I especially love the topic of 'dialogue and

Collaborative emergent AI - not one strong designed instance - is possible within the timeframe.
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Jaime Sevilla Student of Math and CompSci, future AI Risk researcher, dabbling entrepreneur.

In strategy games, the most powerful abilities are those which let you take more actions per turn or have a wider array of possible actions to perform the one best suited to the situation at hand. AI is literally a machine producing ideas, which let you act faster (and thus perfom more actions) or execute different plans (and thus have more choices). This is a serious game imbalance, and is one we... See More
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Anthony Berglas Software engineer and author

Evolution suggests that a sufficiently powerful AI would probably destroy humanity
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Владимир Шакиров

1) Given the history of AI development and current rate of AI progress, it's almost obvious that superhuman-level AI would be invented and run in millions of copies within the next 50 years if we don't impose severe restrictions on its development. 2) It's highly unobvious that scientists can invent the way to control general superhuman level AI. Moreover, it's even much more dubious that scienti... See More
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Itamar Arel Reasearcher and entrepreneur. Former Stanford professor

Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) will undoubtedly become humanity’s most transformative technological force. However, the nature of such a force is unclear with many contemplating scenarios in which this novel form of intelligence will find humans an inevitable adversary
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Dan Shewan Journalist

Robots will destroy our jobs – and we're not ready for it
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Allan Dafoe Assistant professor of political science at Yale University

The risk arises from the unpredictability and potential irreversibility of deploying an optimization process more intelligent than the humans who specified its objectives

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Astro Teller Head of Google X

I’ve been working for over twenty years to help people understand AI and to calm dystopian hysteria that has wormed its way into discussions about the future of AI and robotics
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Robert Provine Research Professor/Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland

There is no indication that we will have a problem keeping our machines on a leash, even if they misbehave. We are far from building teams of swaggering, unpredictable, Machiavellian robots with an attitude problem and urge to reproduce
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Denny Vrandečić Wikidata founder, Google ontologist

There are plenty of consequences of the development of AI that warrant intensive discussion (economical consequences, ethical decisions made by AIs, etc.), but it is unlikely that they will bring the end of humanity
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Guruduth S. Banavar Vice President, IBM Research

Sensationalism and speculation around general-purpose, human-level machine intelligence is little more than good entertainment
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Neil Jacobstein Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, Singularity University

I think we will live in a world that is, frankly, a lot better, cleaner, safer, healthier than the one we live in today
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Donald D. Hoffman Cognitive Scientist, UC, Irvine

All species go extinct. Homo sapiens will be no exception. We don't know how it will happen—virus, an alien invasion, nuclear war, a super volcano, a large meteor, a red-giant sun. Yes, it could be AIs, but I would bet long odds against it. I would bet, instead, that AIs will be a source of awe, insight, inspiration, and yes, profit, for years to come.
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Babak Hodjat Co-founder and chief scientist of Sentient

AI is no more or less dangerous than any other one of humanity’s inventions, and so far, the verdict on human technology has been pretty positive
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Zengchang Qin Director, Intelligent Computing and Machine Learning Lab, Beihang University

People are worried about the free will of machines. So far, no scientific evidence can support such a statement. Even human beings’ free will seems to be an enigma, let alone that of machines. Deep diving AI researchers have a crystal clear picture of the industry status quo and risks that may not be manageable. The reality is far from what people might think of.
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Lili Cheng Corporate vice president of Microsoft AI & Research

n make sense of it. AI can truly help solve some of the world’s most vexing problems, from improving day-to-day communication to energy, climate, health care, transportation and more. The real magic of AI, in the end, won’t be magic at all. It will be technology that adapts to people. This will be profoundly transformational for humans
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Michael Littman Computer scientist at Brown University

We can turn machines into workers — they can be labor, and that actually deeply undercuts human value. My biggest concern at the moment is that we as a society find a way of valuing people not just for the work they do.
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Miguel Nicolelis Neuroscientist at Duke University

Computers will never replicate the human brain and that the technological Singularity is “a bunch of hot air”
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Peter Stone Computer scientist at the University of Texas, Austin

I don't think there's a single change that going to be black and white once we're on one side and now there's a change and we're on the other side. It's a cumulative effect of everything, AI is embedded in many of the technologies that have been changing our world over the last several decades and will continue to do so.
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