October 27, 2019

Sole agents of innovation

Call me naive, but there’s actually nothing objectionable within this quote:

My central thesis, the thing that’s really the driving force behind the company, is the conviction that we’re entering an age in which humans will no longer be the sole agents of innovation. Instead, new knowledge, technologies and sophisticated real-world products will be invented by smart robotic platforms called empirical computation engines. An empirical computation engine is an artificial system capable of recursively and intelligently searching a solution space.”

The issue is only in the context of the world it exists in. Who makes the machines who can be agents of innovation? What are the goals and ideologies of those people? How much time and money did they spend making sure that the technology they have created isn’t discriminating against people?

It’s not that AI is doubtful. It’s more a question of whether it should be.