Serious AI Challenges that Require Our Attention

Complexity, cyberattacks and social issues are just a few concerns to address sooner, not later

  • Complexity of AI software: “[T]he growing complexity of AI systems and their enlistment in high-stakes roles, such as controlling automobiles, surgical robots, and weapons systems, means that we must redouble our efforts in software quality.”
  • Cyberattacks: “AI algorithms are no different from other software in terms of their vulnerability to cyberattack.… Before we put AI algorithms in control of high-stakes decisions, we must be much more confident that these systems can survive large scale cyberattacks.”
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. We must ensure that our AI systems do what we want them to do. “In addition to relying on internal mechanisms to ensure proper behavior, AI systems need to have the capability — and responsibility — of working with people to obtain feedback and guidance. They must know when to stop and ‘ask for directions’ — and always be open for feedback.”



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