Google Developing Backup Plan for Rogue AI


With artificial intelligence crossing milestones in its capability to learn rapidly from its environment and beat humans at tasks and games from Jeopardy to the ancient Chinese game Go, Alphabet’s Google is taking proactive steps to ensure that the technology it is creating does not one day turn against humans.

Google’s AI research lab in London, DeepMind, teamed up with Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute to explore ways to prevent an AI agent from going rogue. In their joint-study, “Safely Interruptible Agents,” the DeepMind-Future of Humanity team proposed a framework to allow humans to repeatedly and safely interrupt an AI agent’s reinforcement learning.

But, more importantly, this can be done while simultaneously blocking an AI agent’s ability to learn how to prevent a human operator from turning off its machine-learning capabilities or reinforcement learning.

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