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Dylan Clough

UWRT 1102-023

10/11/17

Round Table Paper

Artificial intelligence has become a controversial subject in recent years, due to the rapid

advancements in technology. There are many beneficial applications of artificial intelligence,

but there are many who think this technology could be dangerous. Many countries are already

using artificial intelligence in the military for autonomous killing machines. Will this technology

work as it is supposed to, or will we create something that outsmarts us? Can this technology be

beneficial, or are we putting ourselves in danger? Should we be free to explore artificial

intelligence, or should it be regulated worldwide? If it should be regulated, how? These are all

questions I explored when researching artificial intelligence. I found three sources who all have

a viewpoint on this subject.

The first viewpoint is that of Oren Etzioni, the chief executive of the Allen Institute for

Artificial Intelligence. He believes that we should regulate artificial intelligence. His viewpoint

is that we should be cautious with artificial intelligence, but not stop making advancements in the

technology. It should never be weaponizable, and we must always be able to shut it down if

needed. Overall, he believes we should regulate the tangible impact of artificial intelligence.

Another viewpoint is that of Xavier Amatriain, of Quora. He believes that it should not

be regulated. Amatriain argues that artificial intelligence is a fundamental technology, and

therefore cannot be regulated. If it is regulated at the fundamental level, then advancements in

the technology would be difficult. He also argues that it is too early to tell whether we should
regulate it or not. We cant regulate artificial intelligence if we dont know what to regulate and

how to do it.

The third perspective is that of Elon Musk, a famous entrepreneur. He believes that

artificial intelligence poses a huge threat to mankind, if not dealt with correctly. He thinks that if

we arent proactive about regulating artificial intelligence, it will be too late by the time it causes

problems. He cannot overstate the potential dangers of artificial intelligence.

While all of these viewpoints are different, they mostly agree on the fact that artificial

intelligence should not be weaponizable. We are too early in the development of artificial

intelligence to be using it with weapons. Artificial intelligence poses a potentially life-

threatening problem for the entire world, if our development of the technology gets out of

control. These viewpoints however do not agree that artificial intelligence should be regulated.

Elon Musk argues that we must be proactive in the regulation of artificial intelligence, or it will

be too late. On the other hand, Xavier Amatriain argues that we should not regulate it at all. If

we were to regulate the advancement of artificial intelligence, it would completely hinder future

advancements. The viewpoint of Oren Etzioni sits somewhere in the middle of the other two.

He believes that we should be cautious with artificial intelligence, but not slow down

development. If we slow down development of this technology, other countries will get far

ahead of us. These viewpoints have their differences, but overall agree that artificial intelligence

should not be weaponized, and we should be cautious when it comes to the development of

artificial intelligence.
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Quora. "Should Artificial Intelligence Be Regulated?" Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 31 Aug. 2017. Web.