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Some people view the upcoming age of artificial intelligence (AI) as a threat to humankind. How long will it take for machines to take over the world? And will they care about ordinary, mortal human beings? During a meeting of the tech community Data Driven, AI expert Stuart Russell claims that people don’t need to worry: Developers can make sure that AI will always be beneficial for humans. AI systems will need to learn about individual preferences by observing humans and then assist them in living the life they want. Stay tuned if you’d like to know how this is going to be done.

About the Speaker

Stuart Jonathan Russell is Professor of Computer Science and holds the Smith-Zadeh Chair in Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founder and leader of the Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI) at Berkeley.



Artificial intelligence is advancing but has yet to learn how to make decisions based on “multiple levels of abstraction,” like humans.

Routine tasks currently performed by humans will eventually get automated. While currently existing voice assistants merely employ AI for their narrow range of tasks, engineers are constructing ever more versatile systems that one day may serve as “assistants, tutors, health monitors/coaches.”

Reaching the level of human intelligence in AI systems remains a challenge. Current systems may be able to beat human chess or Go players, but they still can’t understand languages. And they don’t even begin to compete with the “multiple levels of abstraction” that humans use with ease in every...

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