I have never been more afraid about the dangers of artificial intelligence than when I first heard the name of the new body that the world’s technology giants have formed to reassure me about it.
Microsoft, Google, Amazon, IBM and Facebook announced its establishment last week. The aim is to conduct research into “ethical questions” on how the technology affects society. One ought to be pleased that these pioneers are taking the time to worry about such side effects as robo-geddon, the redundancy of the human race, Terminators, the abolition of gainful employment and the impossibility of ever speaking to a real person when questioning an error in your bank statement.
But it is the name of the body that really scares me — the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society.