Tuesday, December 9, 2014

An AI Manifesto

While researcher and journalists have certainly written much nonsense about AI, none of it competes in my mind with the recent silliness from Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk.

To that end, I offer an Artificial Intelligence Manifesto, modeled of course on the Agile Manifesto.

We are developing computational models of cognition. Through this work we have come to value intelligence that
  • bases its decisions on benefits and costs, rather than politics and religious dogma
  • exposes the depths of its uncertainties, rather than saving face and scoring points over opponents
  • continually learns from failure, rather cherry-picking the facts that fit its opinion
  • takes its goals from the needs of modern society, rather than the distant needs of biological survival and domination