Surveillance AI is more concerned with AGI

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Palantir Technologies Inc. The company’s co-founder and president Peter Thiel speaks at a news conference in Tokyo on Monday, November 18, 2019.

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LONDON — Technology billionaire Peter Thiel believes people should be more concerned about “surveillance AI” than artificial intelligence, a fictional AI system with superhuman abilities.

Venture capitalist who co-founded big data company Palantir Said at an event in Miami On Wednesday, on the way to AGI, we’ll find a surveillance AI that it describes as “communist totalitarian technology.”

Those concerned about AGI are not really paying attention to what really matters, he said, adding that the government will use AI-powered facial recognition technology to control people.

His remarks come three years after Bloomberg reported that “Palantir knows everything about you.”

With a market value of $48 billion, the company has developed data trolling technology used by intelligence agencies and governments for surveillance and to find suspicious patterns in public and private databases. Clients reportedly include the CIA, the FBI, and the US military.

AGI, which has a negative outlook on science fiction films such as “Terminator” and “Ex Machina”, is being followed by companies such as DeepMind, which Thiel had invested in before being acquired by Google. Depending on who you ask, the time frame to reach AGI ranges from years to decades, hundreds of years, or none at all.

The hype about AGI has been declining lately as people have realized that despite some promising successes, there is still a long way to go. State-of-the-art AI systems are relatively “narrow” and unable to perform “normal” tasks. For example, an AI that can play the board game “Go” cannot draw a picture.

Thiel, a noted liberal who co-founded PayPal and holds Facebook’s board of directors, said that Silicon Valley didn’t talk about AGI six or seven years ago today.

“Aaron isn’t talking about it anymore, and Larry (Page) is going to Fiji and it doesn’t look like he’s trying so hard,” he said, adding that the AGI debate hasn’t completely collapsed. doubt.

Murray Shanahan, a senior research scientist at DeepMind, said on Twitter that Thiel has an “interesting view” of AGI. When CNBC asked him to elaborate, he did not immediately respond.

In the same story, Thiel said that he wants AI to compete with cryptocurrencies and the latter to succeed.

“Speaking of cryptocurrencies being libertarian, which basically has the power of decentralization, AI is also essentially communist, especially in the form of low-tech surveillance.”

“If you want to assemble this as a technical competition… I hope the crypto-decentralized world works,” he said.

Thiel said bitcoin felt “underinvested” just hours after the world’s most popular cryptocurrency hit a record high of over $66,000 per coin.


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