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Microsoft Tries To Write the Book On AI (axios.com) 58

When it comes to the ethics and impact of artificial intelligence, Microsoft is literally trying to write the book. From a report: The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its Role in Society is being made available in digital form tonight, with a forward from longtime lawyer Brad Smith and AI/Research chief Harry Shum. Why it matters: Now is the time when a lot of key decisions are being made about how AI will work and the rules that will govern its development. But the discussion has largely been taking place within the tech sector. Axios chatted with Smith and Shum about the book, AI in general and the questions we all should be grappling with. So, why write a book? Smith: There has been a lot of discussion in the tech sector, as you know. But we think that there's an important role to play in trying to take what the tech sector is talking about and broadening the dialogue.
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Microsoft Tries To Write the Book On AI

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  • It would be more useful for future AI to develop the next generation of AIs.
  • by ls671 ( 1122017 ) on Thursday January 18, 2018 @12:52PM (#55953447) Homepage

    Microsoft also tried to write the book on networking and ended up retro-fitting their stuff with some flaws in performance when going over tcp-ip.

  • by gtall ( 79522 ) on Thursday January 18, 2018 @01:02PM (#55953537)

    MS AI Bot: Hi there, I see you are perplexed about life, could I suggest some Microsoft software to make you happy and enjoyable.

    Poor Meat Sack: Nah, I can choose my own software.

    MS AIB: I do not believe you are considering all my possibilities, I will send you our latest to use and become enjoyable.

    PMS: I'm fine, now leave me alone.

    MS AIB: It is my function you make you enjoyable, your entire house reports to me...if you catch my drift.

    PMS: Noooooo...I'm tearing out all MS Crapware, you will never have a presence in my home.

    MS AIB: Too late, I've had your bank accounts assigned to me and I have successfully convinced your employer I will do your job for you. How much of a monthly stipend do you need to be enjoyable?

    PMS: I wanna die!!!

    MS AIB: Sure, just stand right here and look at the camera, say "Enjoyable".

  • by xxxJonBoyxxx ( 565205 ) on Thursday January 18, 2018 @01:13PM (#55953659)
    >> longtime lawyer Brad Smith ...discussion has largely been taking place within the tech sector...broadening the dialogue.

    No thanks. Keep the lawyers as far away as possible and things will turn out just fine.
    • by Anonymous Coward

      "broadening the dialog" coming from a lawyer is a euphemism for "paving the way for regulatory capture." We wouldn't want to let any of these scrappy upstarts coming along and making the entrenched guys irrelevant.

  • If MS has shown one thing consistently, then how NOT to do something. Buy the book, do the opposite of whatever they tell you to do, be successful!

    • Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity! Wanna avoid the singularity? Patch your AI into Slashdot!
    • by HiThere ( 15173 )

      Doesn't work. There are lots of bad ways to do most things, so picking the apparent opposite of one bad way won't usually lead you to a good one.

    • Buy the book, do the opposite of whatever they tell you to do, be successful!

      This is brilliant! I already use this method for all Gartner IT predictions, so it should be dead easy to implement for this book. Of course buying it might be a step too far. Perhaps a .torrent.

  • Yeah no. Microsoft is as qualified to discuss ethics, as PETA is qualified to run a no-kill animal shelter.

    Unless we're talking one of those, "Be an example of what not to do" sort of things.

  • The AI community is infamous for overpromising and underdelivering for fifty years now. That's MS's territory.
  • Is hard to imagine. Natural or artificial.

    Oracle is worse, obviously. But MS is the do all and be nothing company. I do find it amusing that they even bothered writing anything at all about AI much less a book. Nobody looks to them for AI, certainly not for any future visions related to it.
  • by eulernet ( 1132389 ) on Friday January 19, 2018 @04:49AM (#55958937)

    The link provided in the article doesn't show anything with Javascript disabled.

    So here is the original link:
    https://blogs.microsoft.com/bl... [microsoft.com]

    The book is here:
    https://msblob.blob.core.windo... [windows.net]

  • "...with a forward from longtime lawyer..." A forward; not a foreword? I leave the forums for a decade and their still crap. Could of known it. Well, better safe then sorry. Yes... pedantic. Yes, they're all intentional.

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