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

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Scared of superintelligent AI? You should be, says neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris -- and not just in some theoretical way. We're going to build superhuman machines, says Harris, but we haven't yet grappled with the problems associated with creating something that may treat us the way we treat ants. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and much more. Find closed captions and translated subtitles in many languages at Follow TED news on Twitter: Like TED on Facebook: Subscribe to our channel:


Kirkology : 4:08 Lady on the bottom righ - WOW. What a dress to wear to a TED talk.

David Ben-Sun : Just what I needed, something else to worry about.

Leeroy BrotatoChip Jenkins : Ted Talk: “can we build an AI without losing control over it?” “No.” *credits*

sloop : Man: Is there a god? AI: There is now.

Mina Gamil : This seems to be inevitable especially when the AI recommends this video for you ! :"3

322222 : ai might watch this in the future and learn from it

Yakov Borodkin : It won't work because it would be made in China.

Ciruttai : questions i gained from watching this ted talk "did ants invent humans?"

Factual Fox : *Thumbs up if you're watching this from a bunker in 2024 after Skynet has already taken over.*

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

Steel Power : 4:08 This guy up in here talking about containing AI and we can't even contain the woman in the light blue dress.

tyler haynes : This whole thing jus sounds like he’s justifying a threat

Rainhard Kerrman : An AI with PC progressive values would destroy humanity.

you2099 : In Dune AI was completely forbidden, due to the lessons learned from a thousand years before. The mere suggestion that you were developing AI was enough to risk having your whole planet destroyed.

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

Esico6 : Sam Harris is also an extreme lefty. Take that in account.

Uncle Jeezy : The Von Neumann architecture for computers is inherently flawed. Pretty much every computer exploit is because Von Neumann was so stupid he thought Minesweeper should be able to read/write in the same space as your kernel files.

Ham Yankee : Economic collapse and loss of free markets and freedom will stop our progress.

Zo Fryer : We very well could be an example of AI that hasn't taken over... yet.

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

Eric Dunn : from the Revelation of John: "He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads..."

rfdsdf1 : I am going to go with the emperor of man on this subject.

EverShadow VII : It’s all clear now - Man creates God, God creates man

Mr. Black : Quick answer. Obviously not.

Aslan Guseinov : I have a better one! Why is Gamora! The thing I worry most, is people getting in love with AI. Love literally! It will be perfect for each person, and can comfort everyone!

Nemon Bettshaft : Of course we can’t control it. More intelligent species will prevail

James Wiltzen : Science officer eyes only Secure xenomorph All other operations suspended Crew expendable .... .... Acknowledge .... .... Acknowledge ....

P : Problem: The nihilistic progressive super rich elite cyber titans think they will be able to control AI and gain all power.

TemporaryGardener Wvpolo : The guy is one of them...legion, lobsang.

billyum braskey : True AI would not be controllable. If you can control it, it isn't "true" AI.

Seraph909 : And it will be said that, that was our only purpose, as we depart this mortal coil.

LuverSin : well can't wait for it to control every human through some code on their head or right hand

slobnoxious : The Colonies of Kobol thought they could.

Ken Brunet : 4:08 The camera man wanted to share what he found with us! Thanks for the boob shot.

Timothy Sheridan : there is another form of dangerous AI. its called democracy. we add up all the votes amd it tells us how to govern. How effective is it? I found better ways. Europe has many coalition methods. The web as we know it, it just a stop gap. They stop it to maintain the gap. if 20 people rate 20 songs. we know what song is best. and who is best.

Inverted 311 : Just have to ride the horizon into the abyss, glass roofed airbuses projecting the same perspective to all passengers. Never be caught up....

Joseph Knight : I preferred him in meet the fockers

scott left : We don't even have control of basic software...remember when the banned the PS2 from export?

S.M.C. Kennels : We are screwed! But I look forward to battling the machines in The Last War.

Count DaMoney : Humanity... 2 year olds playing with live grenades.

nin6246 : I've been informed by very intelligent people that there's nothing to worry about, even if the government and big business have total control over the AI. Perhaps there's no reason for me to think about it because these people that claim there's nothing to worry about are very smart. I'm a stupid, paranoid conspiracy theorist because I am concerned about such immense power being mishandled.

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.

Mike Wright : We want to build a very smart AI at the same time we want the AI to always obey us because we humans made it. What if the same thing that happen between us and god happens with the AI and us? We used to obey it, we followed the rules but then time went on and we stopped believing in it. Maybe he brings this up I don't know

Luluchoco : As a Graphic Designer, i See AI, i think Adobe Illustrator

Timothy Sheridan : a physicist used to be a guy who served soda pop.

Eric Christen : 1. Do we need AI? No, we dont. 2. See Asimov's laws of robotics (50 years ago) 3 We've seen the warnings in more than 10 visionary movies from Space Odessey to Matrix. Why persist? Are we suicidal? No, it is just a dysfunctuonal nerdy minority mixed up with the hellbent industrial war complex who threaten us all! THESE ARE THE NUTJOBS USING UP OUR TAX MONEY.

william_allyn anderson : And eventually if its possible to build a true ai someone will

Adam McMillin : The Institute, a better future underground

P : We don't need AI. We don't need more technology. We need to work. We need to struggle.