In WashingtonOn Friday, the Air Force denied staging a scenario in which an AI-controlled drone attacked its pilot in order to accomplish its objective.
Based on allegedly misconstrued remarks made by an Air Force colonel at a seminar in London last month, the tale took off on social media. Experimental fighter test pilot Col. Tucker Hamilton had reported an exercise where an AI-controlled drone was trained to demolish opposing air defences. The drone attacked its operator for interfering with its main objective after being told to disregard a target.
The dystopian theme of machines turning against people and becoming killer robots occurred at the same time as worries about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence were growing. President Joe Biden issued a warning on Thursday that AI “could overtake human thinking.”
The Air Force asserts that Hamilton was just referring to a fictitious instance in order to highlight the potential risks associated with artificial intelligence. It did not use a drone in this scenario.
According to Ann Stefanek, an Air Force official, “The Department of the Air Force has not engaged in any such AI-drone simulations and remains committed to ethical and responsible use of AI technology.”
In a subsequent statement, the fighter test pilot stated that he “misspoke” during his presentation at the London summit and that the “rogue AI drone simulation” was really a fictitious “thought experiment.”
Even some of the technologists who worked on its creation, like renowned British researcher and one of the so-called “Godfathers of AI” Geoffrey Hinton, are worried about AI’s quick development and growing accessibility.
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The moderator of a panel at a recent conference questioned Hinton about the “worst case scenario that you think is conceivable” for AI. Hinton answered immediately.
He asserted that “I think it’s quite conceivable” that mankind is merely a transitory stage in the development of intellect.
Canadian Another computer scientist who is frequently referred to as the “Godfather of AI,” Yoshua Bengio, said last week that he believed the military should not be permitted to employ AI in any way. He claimed that it was among the “worst places where we could put a super-intelligent AI” and that AI safety has to take precedence before utility.