While AI is often hailed as the future of economic development, there are many who are more wary of the technology’s advance. Right Rev Steven Croft set out his ‘commandments’ to address such concerns at a policy debate in London last week.
Bishop Croft had become worried after hearing evidence of the technology’s power while sitting on the Lords committee on AI, previously warning that; “every development in Artificial Intelligence raises new questions about what it means to be human.”
Speaking at the event ‘Artificial Intelligence and Robotics: Innovation, Funding and Policy Priorities’, the Bishop created his own Decalogue for AI. Croft’s commandments focused on data protection, ethics, criminal subversion and restrictions on AI’s power “to destroy.”
The commandments contain general advice such as “AI should be designed for all, and benefit humanity” as well as more political dictums; “The application of AI should be to reduce inequality of wealth, health, and opportunity” and AI should not “subvert the values of our democracy.”
Rather than be a driver of economic gain, the bishop believes AI should be “…directed toward the most urgent problems facing humanity.” The list contains an inevitable reference to a robot revolution, warning: “The autonomous power to hurt or destroy should never be vested in artificial intelligence.”
What is Artificial Intelligence?
Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science that aims to create intelligent machines. It has become an essential part of the technology industry.
Research associated with artificial intelligence is highly technical and specialized. The core problems of artificial intelligence include programming computers for certain traits such as:
- Problem solving
- Ability to manipulate and move objects
Knowledge engineering is a core part of AI research. Machines can often act and react like humans only if they have abundant information relating to the world. Artificial intelligence must have access to objects, categories, properties and relations between all of them to implement knowledge engineering.
Artificial Intelligence and security:
According to recent research, cybersecurity news headlines featuring ever-more sophisticated attacks have influenced almost one-third of chief information security officers (CISOs) to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) for data security.
Cisco’s “2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report,” which examined a wide cross-section of trends and patterns in data theft, data loss, malware and other issues, found that 32 percent of security leaders are “completely reliant” on AI to safeguard sensitive corporate information.
Cybersecurity powered by AI may just the natural step in protecting vulnerable data. The race between those aiming to create safe systems and attackers is crossing into new territory, but machines are far away from taking the lead. Currently, both parties are restructuring their data and integrating systems. There are numerous corrective actions necessary from humans. This is a process, composed of multiple layers, not a one-time action. The defining factor remains the education of the humans involved, first as users then as protectors.