The Best Way To Avoid Killer Robots Is To Ignore Them

Mac Slavo

October 3, 2018

The best way to avoid the harm that killer robotics and artificial intelligence can cause is to just ignore it or focus on the good this technology could do for humans “socially,” says CEO Phil Libin.  He even suggests simply “ignoring” the job losses that result from AI.

Phil Libin, the CEO of All Turtles, a startup that focuses on turning AI-related ideas into commercial products and companies said thathumans becoming obsolete should just be ignored and focus should be on the good killer robots can do for society.  In a recent conversation with Business Insider, Libin said this is the same advice he got while learning to ride a motorcycle.

His instructor taught him that if an accident happened in front of him while he was riding on the highway, such as a semi-truck flipping over, the worst thing to do would be to stare at the truck. Instead, his instructor said, he should focus on the point he needed to get to in order to avoid colliding with the truck.  That advice seems great if you’re on a motorcycle, but when one is discussing AI which will make human labor obsolete, it’s a little more of a tough global concern than that.

“If you look at what you’re trying to avoid, then you’re going to run into it,” said Libin, who previously founded Evernote. “You’ve got to look at where you want to be,” he said according to Business Insider.  But with singularity quickly approaching, is there time to ignore the obvious negative impacts of AI?

Jürgen Schmidhuber, who is the Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at AI company NNAISENSE, the Director of the Swiss AI lab IDSIA, and heralded by some as the “father of artificial intelligence” is confident that the singularity “is just 30 years away. If the trend doesn’t break, and there will be rather cheap computational devices that have as many connections as your brain…

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