A highlight from The New Laws of Robotics and what they might mean for AI

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This is an abc. Podcast perhaps the most revolutionary development. The recent years has been out of the computer because for the first time we've discovered a machine that can substitute at least in part of the human brain and they are constantly getting better cheaper more versatile capable of doing more things so that we can look into future one for the first time humanity in general will be free of all kinds of work. That's really an insult. Who the complex human brain. The late great science fiction writer. Isaac asimov revolt back through the computer and we can leave to ourselves those things in computers and do such things as imagination creativity fantasy intuition problem solving where we have an intuitive feel for what the solution or could be. No computer can do that as mov dodd in nineteen ninety-two before the modern internet and the massive advances we've seen in artificial intelligence. He also of course preceded the problems when now so familiar with the destructive side of social media things like deepfakes and the development of semi autonomous weapons systems. His fame today particularly in technology circles rest. Not just on his science fiction writing but on the three laws of robotics that he pained midway through the last century when robotics with still at short pants. Hello antony fennell here. Welcome to feature taints today on the show. We'll go beyond asimov in a feature interview with frank squarley from brooklyn law school. He's a leading thinker on artificial intelligence and the law. His new book is called new laws of robotics. Defending human expertise in the age of a and bills on asimov's original id's to create a set of guiding principles for how artificial intelligence should be developed. And when iot development should be checked. Frank quietly welcome to the program. Thanks here now. You talk in your book that understanding what you call the critical distinction between is artificial intelligence and i intelligence orientation explained that distinction to us and why it's important. The artificial intelligence goal is often to replace human beings to create for example robot. Doctor or robot teacher and the intelligence augmentation goal is to help human beings and we can think about this as a program or software or other modes of analysis. That would help a doctor or teacher. Be better at their jobs are in any job and the stakes are very high because if we go for an artificial intelligence vision of replacement that's going to create a jobless future in many areas whereas if we emphasize intelligence augmentation that should actually increase both productivity and the way so the intelligence opening tation projects about reframing understanding of robotics and what can office societies it. Does it take away the dominant focus on economics and computer science. Yes one of the ideas of the book. And i think of intelligence augmentation generally is to look at what type of society do we want to create not just think that we are in the hands of mysterious technological forces and economic forces but to say hey wait a second we can actually step back and try to decide what type of technology we want where we want to invest where we want to make investment harder and i think that's a big part of the vision is to bring college in society backup and many people weren't familiar with this idea of intelligence or when tation but it is happening already isn't a lot of the apps that we use a lot of the systems that we use do. Adopt this approach. It's true into work for my own fields law they're all of these journalistic stories that say. Hey watch out lawyers. there's gonna be a robot lawyer off your legal. Be not by an app on your phone and that is a really unrealistic vision but the positive side of it is is that out of that vision.

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