Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are two prominent public figures who have rattled public consciousness about artificial intelligence. Hawking, a celebrated physicist noted for his pronouncements about black holes, warned that AI could end mankind. Musk, a non-stop entrepreneur who founded SpaceX and Tesla, declared AI to be the most serious threat to the survival of the human race.
Neither of these prolific thinkers seems to have addressed from where or from whom the AI-controlled creations will get emotion, imagination, values, conscience, and even the attributes of psychotics and demagogues. My new book, Winter of the Genomes, on Amazon, presents a more reasoned and optimistic view of the emerging Smart AI.
Larry Kilham is a Sloan School of Management graduate from MIT, received three patents, and has founded two high-tech companies. Many of his product designs required innovative use of computers, and as early as the 1960s he was researching artificial intelligence (AI).