The Future of Artificial Intelligence
In the 1960s, most research on computers centered on how to ease daily tasks, but RAND was also exploring how to develop both hardware and software capable of self-direction and of learning. Today, artificial intelligence (AI) represents an exciting area of technology development that has promise to fundamentally change the way that humans live, work, and interact with one another.
In this Events @ RAND podcast, our panel of experts discuss the role AI is playing in society, including the incredible promise and pressing concerns. Bill Welser and Osonde Osoba talk about the unintentional biases due to data and design practices affecting AI systems in use today and why caution must be used in designing AI systems for the future. Dave Baiocchi moderates.
William Welser IV
Director, Engineering and Applied Sciences Department, RAND Corporation
The U.S. military should balance Americans' ethical concerns over computers making life and death decisions with the need to maintain an edge in the face of rapid advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning across the globe.
The defense community has already begun a healthy dialogue about the ethics of AI in combat systems. The intelligence community should develop standards for AI risk assessments and assign responsibility for conducting them.
Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak, and others signed a letter calling for a ban on the application of artificial intelligence to advanced weapons systems. AI weapons are not without risks, but the benefits are substantial and the risks can be mitigated with more moderate regulation than a ban.
The warnings and promises of artificial intelligence aren't new, but advances in technology make them more pressing.