Artificial intelligence will equal human intelligence by 2062

Artificial intelligence will equal human intelligence by 2062

  • An Australian researcher says artificial intelligence (AI) will match that of humans in less than 50 years.
  • Professor Toby Walsh of the University of New South Wales, Australia, says he is already worried that he doesn’t really know where artificial intelligence is going.
  • It is a question of creating machines aligned with human values, something that artificial intelligence lacks today.

Artificial intelligence could have human character traits like adaptability, creativity and emotional intelligence by 2062, an Australian researcher has said. Toby Walsh, professor of artificial intelligence at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, believes that there has already been a profound change in the world as we know it.

“Even without ultra-smart machines, I’m starting to get a little worried about where all this is going to take us and the important choices we’re going to have to make,” Walsh said at the Sydney Festival of Dangerous Ideas.

“A lot of the debate is about how personal information has been stolen from people and indeed, it is completely outrageous.

“But there is another aspect of this story that, in my opinion, has not attracted as much media attention: it is that this information has been actively used to manipulate people’s votes.”

Walsh, the author of “2062: The World that AI Made,” says personal data breaches will occur and become increasingly normalized.

“A lot of us have smartwatches that monitor our vital signs, blood pressure, heart rate, and if you look at the terms of use, that data doesn’t really belong to you,” Walsh says.

The ethics of machine responsibility will be the second fundamental change.

“Fully autonomous machines will radically change the nature of warfare,” Walsh says.

Walsh believes that the main problem is to create machines aligned with human values, which is currently the problem on other platforms driven by artificial intelligence.

“Facebook is an example of the alignment problem, it’s optimized for you, not to create political debate or to improve society,” Walsh says.

Credit: Chris Pash/Business Insider Australia

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