DeepMind Shares Progress on Developing AI
DeepMind, a company owned by Google, says it is close to developing “human level” artificial intelligence. We must pray that this amounts to nothing and does not harm humanity.
From Daily Mail. DeepMind, a British company owned by Google, may be on the verge of achieving human-level artificial intelligence (AI).
Nando de Freitas, a research scientist at DeepMind and machine learning professor at Oxford University, has said ‘the game is over’ in regards to solving the hardest challenges in the race to achieve artificial general intelligence (AGI).
AGI refers to a machine or program that has the ability to understand or learn any intellectual task that a human being can, and do so without training.
According to De Freitas, the quest for scientists is now scaling up AI programs, such as with more data and computing power, to create an AGI.
Earlier this week, DeepMind unveiled a new AI ‘agent’ called Gato that can complete 604 different tasks ‘across a wide range of environments’….
It can chat, caption images, stack blocks with a real robot arm and even play the 1980s home video game console Atari, DeepMind claims….
De Freitas tweeted: ‘It’s all about scale now! The Game is Over! It’s about making these models bigger, safer, compute efficient, faster…’
However, he admitted that humanity is still far from creating an AI that can pass the Turing test – a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour equivalent to or indistinguishable from that of a human….
In another opinion piece, ZDNet columnist Tiernan Ray wrote that the agent ‘is actually not so great on several tasks’….
‘Its ability at standard chat dialogue with a human interlocutor is similarly mediocre, sometimes eliciting contradictory and nonsensical utterances.’
For example, when a chatbot, Gato initially mistakenly said that Marseille is the capital of France….
AGI has been already identified as a future threat that could wipe out humanity either deliberately or by accident.
Dr Stuart Armstrong at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute previously said AGI will eventually make humans redundant and wipe us out….
Before his death, Professor Stephen Hawking told the BBC: ‘The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.’
In a 2016 paper, DeepMind researchers acknowledged the need for a ‘big red button’ to prevent a machine from completing ‘a harmful sequence of actions’….
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(Excerpt from Daily Mail. Photo Credit: Canva)
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