Can a machine understand all human preferences? Are there altruistic machines? Will superintelligent Artificial Intelligence (KI) ever come? Will it be possible to download human consciousness to a computer program? These are questions Stuart Russell takes up this book. Russell is a professor of computer science and honorary doctorate at Wadham College in Oxford. He has received numerous awards and honors for his research on the relationship between computers and humans, and he has written a number of books on the dangers and benefits of artificial intelligence.
The book addresses important and central issues, such as citizen pay and how technology should be used within the education system. Russell also discusses the problems of using humanoids – robots similar to humans.
Different understandings of context can create disruptions in communication between people
Alan Turing warned against doing so robot as much as possible to people. He believed that it could create emotional bonds from man to machine, which could cause the machines to take over. Russell agrees, but also mentions that no one listens to Turing in this area.
Should robots be given the status of electronic individuals with their own rights? How do we prevent humans from getting lower status than robots? Who should be punished if the robot does something criminal – the programmer or the robot? And how does one punish a robot? It is pointless to imprison robots, because they have no feelings.
Russell refuses to answer the question of when superintelligent KI . . .