imagines. Edward Geist recently (2017) had some
wise words about the real dangers: “AI-enhanced
technologies might still be extremely dangerous due
to their potential for amplifying human stupidity.
The AIs of the foreseeable future need not think or
create to sow mass unemployment, or enable new
weapons technologies that undermine precarious
strategic balances. Nor does artificial intelligence
need to be smarter than humans to threaten our sur-
vival — all it needs to do is make the technologies
behind familiar 20th-century existential threats
faster, cheaper, and more deadly.”
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Kenneth Ford, director of the Institute for Human
and Machine Cognition (IHMC), and is indebted to
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Yorick Wilks is a senior research scientist at the Florida
Institute of Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) and a
professor of artificial intelligence at the University of
Sheffield, UK. He is a Fellow AAAI, ECAI, and ACM.
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