by Christopher Donaldson
The robots are coming—and it’s no joke! Google’s automated self-driving cars are safer and cheaper than current taxis and trucks with drivers. Multi-Agent Artificial Intelligence runs the New York Stock Exchange on micro-transactions that no human could perform. Inventor and industrialist Elon Musk has declared AI the next probable existential threat to humanity, garnering the public support of Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking.
In this activity, you will examine the press articles and videos concerning this subject, and write a composition of your own using the sources provided below.
While you're watching the videos below, think about the following questions:
With a partner, or in an evenly divided group, choose one of the three situations below, and conduct a debate adopting the positions outlined below. Take some time to prepare your debate based on the sources given above.
The year is 2025. You are at a summit to decide what laws your country will put in place regarding research into Artificial Intelligence. Strong AI is decades away, but even normal AI has begun to take jobs from human workers. You and your partner must discuss your views on AI research and come to a compromise on the future laws for your country.
As a skeptic of AI you think that AI represents too much of a danger to humanity, and that AI research should be subject to limitations and restrictions before any research project moves forward. Cite examples from the sources above or your own research to support your argument.
You are a lobbyist representing the interest of companies involved in AI research and you think that AI research is the key to a successful future, and such research should be strongly supported for the benefit of humankind. Cite examples from the sources above or your own research to support your argument.