"Will machines soon be smarter than humans? An AI expert talks about where the technology stands, where it’s headed, and what we should be concerned about.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer the stuff of science fiction. While robot maids may not yet be a reality, researchers are working hard to create reasoning, problem-solving machines whose “brains” might rival our own. Should we be concerned?
Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh (anglicized as Sean O’Hegarty), while enthusiastic about the benefits that AI can bring, is also wary of the technology’s dark side. He holds a doctorate in genomics from Trinity College Dublin and is now executive director of the Center for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge. He has played a central role in international research on the long-term impacts and risks of AI.
Vision publisher David Hulme spoke with him about not only the current state of the technology but also where it’s heading."