Tim O’Reilly on why we shouldn’t fear AI

Business Insider spoke with O’Reilly Media founder Tim O’Reilly about why we shouldn’t be scared of artificial intelligence becoming smarter than humans.

“I’m not really that worried about it. I actually have an alternate theory of artificial intelligence, that we’re already building AI’s. Facebook is an AI, Google is an AI.”

“All of our vast algorithmic systems, like Google, like Facebook, like our financial markets actually also have this runaway objective function, this thing that we ask them to do and it doesn’t always have the consequences that we expected. ”

“Our algorithmic systems are a little bit like the genies in Arabian mythology. We ask them to do something but if we don’t express the wish quite right, they misinterpret it and give us unexpected and often alarming results.”

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