Will be interesting to see the varying views of Hawking and colleagues on different aspects of AI. Building these 'Centers' for studying complex and disruptive tech seems to be growing. Following.
Stephen Hawking Opens British Artificial Intelligence Hub
Agence France-Presse (10/19/16)
Scientist Stephen Hawking on Wednesday opened an artificial research (AI) center at the U.K.'s Cambridge University. Funded by a $12.3-million grant from the Leverhulme Trust, the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) will bring together researchers, industry representatives, and policymakers to make sure AI technology is used to benefit humanity. The ethics of AI is a core concern for Hawking, who has warned the technology's misuse could pose serious risks to civilization. "It will bring disruption to our economy," Hawking says. "And in the future, AI could develop a will of its own--a will that is in conflict with ours." Researchers will be tasked with developing systems that have goals aligned with human values and are sufficiently trustworthy. The center also will pursue projects ranging from the regulation of autonomous weapons to the impact of AI on democracy. "We don't need to see AI as replacing us, but can see it as enhancing us: we will be able to make better decisions, on the basis of better evidence and better insights," says Stephen Cave, the center's director. "AI will help us to learn about ourselves and our environment--and could, if managed well, be liberating." ... "