Google Exec Projects AI Revolution, Issues Three 'Basic Principles'

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The next stage of artificial intelligence (AI) development will revolutionize human life in ways we cannot currently imagine, opening new horizons and bringing new challenges, the Google chairman wrote in a column for Time Magazine.

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Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Alphabet Inc., the parent company that owns Google, the company that is bringing Internet users the self-driving car and predictive search, claims that the cultural impact of the AI revolution will be comparable to the invention of the Internet and mobile phones.

He said the next phase of technological development would be so-called Inventive AI, allowing machines to manage a wider range of challenges amid increasing amounts of data.

“Eventually it will be possible to give a computer unstructured data—say, spreadsheets used to manage business records—and receive quality advice on improving operations,” he wrote.

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Schmidt pointed out that creators and adopters must adhere to three basic principles to provide the appropriate course of AI development and implementation.

First, he stressed, AI must be aimed at the “common good," serving the interests of all people, not only of those who control resources. Schmidt also asserted that AI development and use must be transparent and "socially engaged." As the third principle, he said that "undesirable outcomes," including those involving job loss to machines, must be avoided.

In his wide-ranging opinion piece, Schmidt called for a system of verification for future AI networks, to ensure that they perform only those functions that they are designed for.

“Ultimately, our dream for AI is to give people more choices about how they live their lives. Under our control, it can take the drudgery out of work and free up many more hours for creative pursuits. And applied collaboratively, AI could help bring about solutions to the world's most complex problems."

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