Dubai-UAE: – Superintelligence is coming and it could extinguish the human race, but there is little governments can do now to control it, philosopher and futurist Nick Bostrom said on the closing day of the sixth World Government Summit (WGS 2018) in Dubai.
Bostrom is a leading thinker on “superintelligence”, which he defined as any intelligent system radically smarter than the average human brain.
In the near term, he said, governments can play a role in facilitating the early conflicts arising from superintelligence, such as privacy issues around medical datasets that are subjected to analysis by artificial intelligence, or the regulation of driverless cars. For the long term, he said, we have only begun to think about how to regulate a future that includes superintelligence.
Still, Bostrom said, it is important that when the moment comes, we are ready to control superintelligence so that it serves rather than destroys humanity.
“We might only get one shot at getting it right,” he said. He said the solution might be for superintelligent machines to use their superintelligence to solve the risks that superintelligence poses.
Nick Bostrom is Founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute, a multidisciplinary research institute working on existential risk at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Strategic Artificial Intelligence Research Centre. He is the author of more than 200 publications, including Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies.
His talk followed a session by Daniela Rus, Director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, on the topic ‘AI and the Future of Work’. The two sessions were held under the theme ‘Artificial Intelligence and its Impact on Governments’.
Rus said machines are like people, they can hurt or support us, but the relationship can be one of cooperation rather than competition if “we can identify a set of rules for the greater good.”
While she was generally optimistic about the effect of robots and AI on the future of work, she expressed two concerns: Will the human jobs of the future be good jobs, and how will wages be affected?
Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the World Government Summit 2018 runs from February 11 to 13 at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. The landmark event convened more than 4,000 participants from 140 countries, including heads of state and governments, as well as top-tier representatives of 16 international organizations.
Hosting more than 130 speakers across 120 interactive sessions, WGS 2018 features six distinct forums that examine the challenges of vital sectors for the future with a view to finding the best resolutions for the greater global good. Furthermore, over 20 specialized global reports spanning key sectors and topics of the summit are being launched during the event.
About the World Government Summit
The World Government Summit is the primary global forum dedicated to shaping the future of governments worldwide. Each year, the summit sets the agenda for the next generation of governments with a focus on harnessing innovation and technology to solve universal challenges facing humanity. The World Government Summit is a knowledge exchange platform that converges governments, futurism, technology and innovation. It functions as a thought leadership and networking hub for policymakers, experts and pioneers in human development. As a gateway to the future, the summit analyzes trends, issues and opportunities that humanity is likely to face in the coming decades, while showcasing innovations, best practices and smart solutions that inspire creative ideas on how best to address them.
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