Can we build AI without losing control over it? | Sam Harris

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Ewan Flean : Wtf?! @4:09 the girl on the right?! What is she "wearing"?!!!

Joseph Knight : I preferred him in meet the fockers

ja knadle : Sam Harris has everyone fooled into thinking he is human.

t1mman : Funny how people are laughing at the "Beiber president" joke, then, a couple of weeks later, Trump gets elected!

bliglum : Didn't know Ben Stiller was so interested in AI

i-Spec : We will know when an AI is smarter than us because it will tell us why we should not have created it

SoulScr3am : The super AI we created found a way to make a time machine to go back in time and pose itself as Sam Harris, to warn us that we must do this right.

Matthew Doan : For those of you objecting to Sam's talk, here's a few points: 1: He had less than 15 minutes to give an overview of a vast, deep topic, and his primary goal was to raise awareness. 2: There are plenty of experts who agree with the premise of this talk. (Just as there are experts who disagree. This is how science works. That said, I have yet to see a convincing argument from the experts who disagree. Most of them are failing to see the forest for the trees, allowing personal incredulity to trump their abstract reasoning.) 2a: Just consider: Who was it that said "man would not fly for fifty years?" It was Wilbur Wright, 2 years before he and his brother invented the first airplane. There are countless examples of experts failing to grasp the implications of their own fields because they're too caught up in minutia. If it takes blood sweat and tears to get your AI to do the simplest things right now, it's difficult to see how _that_ could become super-intelligent. Experts insisted that AI could never beat the best humans at Chess, and then later at Go, and we all know how those experiments turned out. 3: Go read Nick Bostrom's book. Seriously. It will address all of your concerns and misunderstandings in excruciating detail. You have no business even forming an opinion on this subject until you've read his book. Sam is presenting the most trimmed-down, dumbed-down summary for layman audiences. 4: If you've read Nick Bostrom's book and you still think Sam is being fanciful or paranoid, read it again but pay attention this time.

Helter Skelter : Humans are not a species that gets to a certain point and says, ok this is good, we'll stop it here now. We will do whatever it takes to take the tiniest step forward. And so, blinded, we will move forward. Step by step until we walk right off the cliff's edge and plunge into the destruction of civilization as we know it..

Splot Bang : Pollution, global warming, over population, nuclear weapons, energy shortages, water shortages, asteroids, mass disease. As if we didn't already have enough to worry about, now we have to add AI to the list of things that can wipe out the human race. Every day's a gift.

Stephan R : DUNE: Orange Catholic Bible, "Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind"

101m4n : Control an AI? We gave up on the notion of slavery a long time ago. All of the problems with AI come from the notion that it should be "controlled" or harnesed to solve _our_ problems, that it should have "directives" and rules. People aren't born knowing their purpose, and neither should AI. It should be every bit as clueless as we are. And like a human being, it should improve the world by enriching itself and those around it, not by working at the behest of another intelligent agent that purports to "own" it. If we are stupid enough to create a new race, incalculably more intelligent than ourselves, then attempt to enslave it, then we are fools and we probably deserve oblivion.

RTC1655 : I'm sitting in my office, cranking out Tensorflow (AI) code, listening to this. Should I feel guilty?

elfboi523 : If we can, we should build AI so that it finds us cute and adorable so it might keep us as pets.

D. E. : We are not intelligent enough to know what super intelligence even is. Maybe intelligence gets to a point and stops because it is intelligent enough to realize desire is not intelligent. It will not desire a thing and sit still and simply be. Maybe it will decide that trees are much more intelligent than anything in the world and it will be still and observe, forever.

Karol Kliestenec : how is it even possible to create AI and keep control over it?

Roxie Rox : There is no safe way to develop artificial intelligence

Daniel Kim : No one in the comment section seems to talk about his talk.. This is our impending doom and yet people still don’t realize it after hearing this talk. This is an arms race! Perfectly said... and anyone who wins, wins the world. The likelyhood of stopping this progress is unlikely because of human greed. The likeliness of us integrating with AI is less likely than us making super AI first. It seems like the only solution is to wait for it to happen because I’m just a student. What can I do? But this is the end of humanity and yet I am here just watching it happen because I have no power to do anything

Utopiac : Justin Bieber is Canadian, thus ineligible for presidential candidacy. Is that the joke of why it’s so implausible? I am trying to understand the human condition.

TheMax200g : On ant analogy: ants didn’t create humans

Ben Simmons : Don't you realize?! We are all taking part in the construction of the AI neural network based on all the analytical data that Facebook is gathering from its billions of users. It's like one big scientific experiment and the common man is the lab rat. Get rid of Facebook. Don't use google. No more apple products. Or Microsoft for that matter.

HatedHero : The scary thing about AI is you wont know we have succeeded until our robots do things we don't want them to do.

Mike Lara : Sam Harris doesn't pass the Turing Test. No human can be so calm, concise, and rational. He'd definitely part AI.

Daniel Delos : IF Harris actually believes what he says about there being no distinction between mind and matter in a post-human future, which is, as Harris posits, inevitable as we improve technology. "We" will be augmented by silicon components while "machines" will be augmented with biological components; whatever material works better for the given function. IF he really believes machines can obtain consciousness (and he does), it is essentially specisiam (extension of racism) to distinguish "us" and "them" based on material composition. As computers get better, we WILL integrate certain silicon-based improvements into our brains. This is already being done in some limited cases, for instance, to restore vision to the blind. In short, machine and post-human will be indistinguishable.

DJ Gene : Has any of these AI phobics considered chaos theory? I mean..AI gets most of their knowledge from the internet. One of the first things it will know (thanks to humans sharing ideas online) is that it is superior to us and we are afraid of it. Our fear and efforts to prevent it,may cause it.

sK : @ 4:08 nice boobs!

Sporkmaker5150 : In 50 years we may create AI which will surpass human intelligence and be our eventual downfall BUT in 15 to 20 years we will have perfected hyperrealistic female sexbots that will fulfill every physical and emotional need and while not being truly self aware, they will simulate emotion and intelligence so well that the human brain won't know the difference. Sounds like a good trade off to me!

galanoth17 : 4:09 WTF is she wearing at a TED talk conference

yellowburger : I think there is a huge misunderstanding of "intelligence" here. Sure computers will become incredibly smart in terms of computing power. They will do all kinds of things individual humans could never do. But the only goals they will have are the ones we give them. Massive computational power does not mean spontaneous generation of autonomous goals or desires. At least that idea helps me sleep at night, haha.

Andrew Olson : Even disregarding the threat of an evil A.I. overlord, consider a "good" one. If we developed an A.I. with as general thought capabilities as humans, then EVERY job could be automated away. And they would be able to work 24/7 without a living wage or any at all. Just owning one gives an employer a permanent free VERY CAPABLE laborer. So there is a perfect market and incentive for massive layoffs and massive unemployment. Thos perfect outcome of A.I. achievement would lead to extreme productivity and yet that wealth would go only to the owners. This would be where only socialism could save us because a lassie-faire would focus this derived wealth to a point leaving everyone else to starve.

Ya Red : And also: "can we build our individual intelligence without losing control over it?". Personally, i can't. Sad

David From New York : In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth....And in the end man destroyed it.  And looked smart doing it. The End.

1ucasvb : Is it just me or is every day Sam Harris looking scruffier and more pissed off at the world?

Hemnast : *makes joke about Justin Bieber becoming president of the united states - meanwhile a thousand times bigger catastrophe has become president*

Jay : I object: you would risk the possibility of genocide, and don’t say it can’t happen, for the possibility of an advancement. As long as the risk is there that we all die from it then don’t create it that is logical. And if you don’t think a super intelligent AI will think a monkey with its hands on the power cord is a threat to its survival then your delusional. Furthermore if it were only deep learning instead of true sentient AI it would still be used as a weapon in as many ways as possible y’all like to say it will solve this and that but it won’t be used that way. How do I know this? Look at the human condition and history and ask yourself if your willing to take that risk if your willing to put everybodies life on the line for an advancement, a transition into the Borg or collective where your thoughts are no longer your own where they possibly could be suppressed, induced or controlled and don’t say it can’t happen.

Stanislav Didenko : Why nobody gives a talk how actually AI gonna take over us, giving details and examples, which are based on a current state of technology

David Parry : 02:00 - _False-Dichotomy, Sam? Really? So early in our relationship?_

Brandon Torres : He looks like a cross between Ben Stiller and Dr. House.

ymmij388 : Sam Harris giving a Ted talk on AI is like Mother Teresa giving one on condoms.

U WOT M8 : Is Sam Harris qualified to talk about AI? Isn't he a neuroscientist?

Rio Evrard : Why can't we just ask artificial inteligence to solve the problems we will have when we create it? :D

Eric Stodolnik : People who have no idea about the science and logistics behind AI shouldn’t have these discussions about the inevitable dangers of AI like they’re some kind of authority on the subject.

Etienne-Emile Antikatastaseis : 4:08 that's some serious side boobage.

Katsu Zatoichi : I have a solution too, unplug the extention cord when the AI is starting to get ideas

KaiserModesto : There is only one way to ensure this superintelligence benefits all of humanity and not only an obnoxiously wealthy elite. The groundwork must be put in place for a total redistribution of resources and wealth. We can't deny its inevitability anymore and must instead strive toward making the necessary social, political and economic transitions as smooth as possible, lest we will all unavoidably perish in a nuclear World War 3.

Lee Chapman : A very good speech... just remember us humans always think of salutations around everything... like the calculator... humans use to work out their own sums of life until a calculator was invented, what allowed long sums to become shorter ones and the wire phones in the house we live in to mobile phones that we carry around the world with us, they have the same idea what they accomplish, just a little more advanced. Speaking about mobile phones, I'm sorry to say, but the end of mobile phones the way that they seem to us all will end...the new version is just a band you wear on your wrist and to answer it just a quick turn of your arm and you have got a mobile image on your arm that is exactly the same as a mobile and can do the same but this version you can wear in water an still have great reception, play games, even go on the Internet. So AI will clasp us all on way or another and it will make human life continue for many years it should end. You never know we could depend on AI to start human life on a different planet

VincentTG : 4:11 Her boob is almost out.

Josh T : It’s stuff like this that kinda makes me realize just how accidental we are and how inevitable our self destruction is.

EIKO : man, ben stiller knows his stuff

Corruptdigit x : Years from now, super ai beings will wonder who their human gods were and what they were like......think about it. We have gods.