Fear surrounding artificial intelligence has remained prevalent as society has witnessed the mass leaps the technology sector has made in recent years. Shadow Robot Company Director, Rich Walker explained it is not “evil A.I.” people should necessarily be afraid of but rather the companies they masquerade behind. During an interview with Express.co.uk, Mr Walker explained advanced A.I. that had nefarious intent for mankind would not openly show itself.
He noted companies that actively do harm to society and people within them would be more appealing to A.I. that had goals of destroying humanity.
He said: “There is the kind of standard fear of A.I. that comes from science fiction.
“Which is either the humanoid robot, like from the Terminator, takes over and tries to destroy humanity.
“Or it is the cold compassionless machine that changes the world around it in its own image and there is no space for humans in there.
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“There is actually quite a good argument that there are cold compassionless machines that change the world around us in their own image.
“They are called corporations.
“We shouldn’t necessarily worry about A.I as something that will come along and change everything.
“We already have these organisations that will do that.
“They operate outside of national rules of laws and societal codes of conduct.
He later added: “I guess you could say that a company that has known for 30 years that climate change was inevitable and has systematically defunded research into climate change and funded research that “shows climate change isn’t happening” is the kind of organisation I am thinking of.
“That is the kind of behaviour you have to say: That is trying to destroy humanity.
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“They would argue no they are not trying to do that but the fact would be the effects of what you are doing is trying to destroy humanity.
“If you wanted to have an Artificial Intelligence that was a bad guy, a large corporation that profits from fossil fuels and systematically hid the information that fossil fuels were bad for the planet, that would be an A.I bad guy in my book.”
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