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Humans should control AI, argue Henry Kissinger, Eric Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher

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Humans need to monitor AI to make sure it aligns with our moral values ​​and doesn’t crowd us out, argue Henry Kissinger, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and MIT dean of computing

  • Kissinger, Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher wrote an opinion piece on Monday
  • They called for a government commission to regulate AI progress
  • Warned that AI ‘takes away the primacy of human reason’
  • Argued that AI’s ‘philosophical’ ramifications should be considered










Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, along with an MIT professor, have called for a government commission to regulate the development of artificial intelligence.

Kissinger, Schmidt and Daniel Huttenlocher, dean of the Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT, shared their arguments in an op-ed published Monday in the Wall Street Journal.

In it, they warned that AI has the potential to raise profound existential and philosophical questions about “the primacy of human reason” and the role of humans in the world.

The trio called for the creation of a committee charged with “shaping AI with human values, including people’s dignity and moral agency.”

“In the US, a committee should be established, governed by the government, but staffed by many thinkers in many fields. The advance of AI is inevitable, but its ultimate destination is not,” they wrote.

The three men argued that the development of AI raises important questions about the nature of creativity and the role of humans in the world.

If an AI writes the best screenplay of the year, should it win the Oscar? If an AI simulates or conducts the most sweeping diplomatic negotiations of the year, should it win the Nobel Peace Prize? Should the human inventors do that?’ They wrote.

“All along history, people have tried to understand reality and our role in it,” the essay reads.

“Now AI, a product of human ingenuity, makes superfluous the primacy of human reason: it investigates and begins to perceive aspects of the world faster than we do, differently than we do, and in some cases in ways we don’t understand.” , it continued.

The three men argued that the development of AI raises important questions about the nature of creativity and the role of humans in the world.

Last month, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy called for a bill of rights to guard against misuse of AI.

“Our country needs to clarify the rights and freedoms we expect to be respected by data-driven technologies,” wrote OSTP Director Dr. Eric Lander and OSTP Deputy Director for Science and Society Dr Alondra Nelson in an op-ed.

“In a competitive market, it may seem easier to cut spending,” she added.

“But it’s unacceptable to create AI systems that will harm many people, just as it is unacceptable to make drugs and other products — be they cars, children’s toys or medical devices — that will harm many people.”

In recent years, the Federal Trade Commission has also attempted to regulate certain uses of AI in lending decisions.

Many have also expressed concern about the potential for racial bias in AI systems.

Opal Tometi, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, on Wednesday urged the tech sector to act quickly against the perpetuation of racism in systems such as facial recognition.

“A lot of the algorithms, a lot of the data is racist,” the American activist who founded BLM told Reuters on the sidelines of the Lisbon web summit.

“We need technology to really understand every way it (racism) is expressed in the technologies they’re developing,” she said.

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