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Henry Kissinger: AI Will Destabilize Much of Human Society

Henry Kissinger: AI Will Destabilize Much of Human Society

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. (Thomas Peter/Pool Photo via AP)

By    |   Monday, 15 July 2019 04:23 PM

Humanity is entering an "inevitable," "unstoppable" artificial intelligence "revolution," so instead of expending effort to hold it back, we need to get ahead of it to keep it from spiraling out of control, according to former national security adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for Defense One.

"Artificial intelligence may destabilize everything from nuclear détente to human friendships," Kissinger wrote in an opinion piece with former Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt and MIT Dean Daniel Huttenlocher. "We need to think much harder about how to adapt."

The trio has been working on understanding the impact of AI on innovation, humanity, and society "for three years to try to understand these issues and their associated riddles," they wrote.

"Each of us is convinced of our inability, within the confines of our respective fields of expertise, to fully analyze a future in which machines help guide their own evolution, improving themselves to better solve the problems for which they were designed," they continued. "So as a starting point — and, we hope, a springboard for wider discussion — we are engaged in framing a more detailed set of questions about the significance of AI's development for human civilization."

AI thinks and learns in ways humans might never have imagined, and sophisticated AI "is no longer constrained by the limits of human knowledge," as a chess game maker concluded.

Ostensibly: If we cannot understand it, how can we contain it?

"Consider the conduct of driverless cars stopped at a traffic light," they wrote. "When cars driven by people inch forward to try to beat the traffic, some driverless cars occasionally join them, though nothing in the rules of driving given to them suggests that they should do so. If this inching-forward has been learned, how and for what purpose? How is it different from what people are taught and learn about waiting at traffic lights?

"What else might AI learn that it is not 'telling' us (because AI does not or cannot explain)? By enabling a process of self-learning for inanimate objects, we do not yet know what we are starting, but we need to find out."

This AI revolution "has the potential to be one of the most significant and far-reaching revolutions in history."

"The three of us differ in the extent to which we are optimists about AI," they concluded. "But we agree that it is changing human knowledge, perception, and reality — and, in so doing, changing the course of human history. We seek to understand it and its consequences, and encourage others across disciplines to do the same."

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