Artificial Intelligence Is Far From Matching Humans, Panel Says

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At a conference on Tuesday sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, legal specialists and technologists said that research was still far from matching the flexibility and learning capability of the human mind.Credit
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SEATTLE — Never mind Terminator-like killer robots.

Eight years after leading artificial intelligence scientists said their field did not need to be regulated, the question of government oversight has re-emerged as the technology has rapidly progressed.

On Tuesday, at an event sponsored by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, legal specialists and technologists explored questions about autonomous systems that would increasingly make decisions without human input in areas like warfare, transportation and health.

Leading technologists and scientists have also pondered the possibility that artificial intelligence, like genetic engineering, might soon constitute an existential threat to the human race.

In recent years, the debate has spread to the broader social impact of autonomous programs that will perform tasks like driving cars and offering medical and financial advice.

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