Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control
In the popular imagination, superhuman artificial intelligence is an approaching tidal wave that threatens not just jobs and human relationships, but civilization itself. Conflict between humans and machines is see ...more
I'll back up a little. Since the beginning o ...more
We must assure good morals,
Inside future A-G-I.
To prevent a future quarrel,
In which many of us die.
And so that we may proceed,
In our ...more
Douglas Adams came up with three rules concerning our interaction with technology:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things
“He who controls the algo ...more
The thesis of this book is that we need to change the way we develop AI if we want it to remain beneficial to us in the future. Russell discusses a different kind of machine learning approach to help solve the problem.
The idea is to use something called Inverse Reinforcement Learning. It basically means having AI learn our preferences and goals by observing us. This is in contrast to us specifying goals for the AI, a mainstream practice that he refers to as the “standard model”. Add some game th...more
It's a book about REAL AI (not statistics!) w/o buzzwords.
These are mainly philosophical considerations (about conscience, instincts, control mechanisms, ethics, superiority and many more) that DO have a lot of practical applicability. What I appreciate is:
* the book doesn't look for cheap publicity ("we're all doomed!")
* it doesn't try to "ride on the hype wave"
* it's really thorough when it comes to different dilemmas - possibly TOO muc ...more
In order to control such an AI, and align it with human interests, Russell propose ...more
Russell somehow manages to communicate the minority view on the importance of the safety / control problem, while remaining grounded in practical problems and research methods. It's such a difficult topic to write a ...more
AI Pioneer Stuart Russell is a Professor of Computer Science at UC Berkeley, has numerous awards, fellowships, chairmanships, etc. and has co-authored a textbook on AI with Peter Norvig. This is a book written by that rar ...more
Russell steps back from this dire prognostication to begin the book with a review of AI, how it has come along to where we are today. The Baldwin effect ...more
Given our present trajectory of civilization - in where we are becoming not only more automated, but more reliant on computers, it seems likely that A.I will become omnipresent. This is, in other words, software that can take in new data, react, and change its data structure to respond more approp ...more
First, it is a super-well-informed author who provides a very-well balanced discussion of the issues humans might face upon the emergence of a super-intelligent AI. I'm much more able to get my arms around Russell's arguments than I am Nick Bostrom's Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies; though Bostrom is well-informed, his tendency is to inflame fear, while Russell is better at simply making a well-reasoned cas ...more
“More than one hundred billion people have lived ...more
I did not finish it. I made it ~halfway through and then pulled the plug, which is something I almost never do.
I was excited to read this one, as I am very interested in AI. Author Stuart Russell's delivery left much to be desired, however...
The book is written in an extremely dry and long-winded manner. I found my attention wandering, and was getting irritated. The reading was extremely tedious and jumped around quite a lot.
The final straw was hearing him talk about how c ...more
Russell S (2019) (11:38) Human Compatible - Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control
• Why This Book? Why Now?
• Overview of the Book
01. If We Succeed
• How Did We Get Here?
• What Happens Next?
• What Went Wrong?
• Can We Fix It?
02. Intelligence in Humans and Machines
• • Evolutionary origins
• • Evolutionary accelerator
• • Rationality for one
• • Rationality for two
• • The limits of computation
• Intelligent Computers
• • Ag ...more
In a way, I suspect this could be a result of the book lacking clarity in terms of audience. It could also be that some areas (suc ...more
But back to the book... it’s ok but it suffers from the competing demands of popular science books: ending enough detail to satisfy people with more than a passing interest in AI (for science, engineering or business purposes) but not so much that the average ...more