‘We have to move fast’: US regulators start work on a probably-futile attempt to avoid an AI apocalypse

The Terminator films lay out a pretty grim prospectus for the future of humanity in the face of AI run amok. “Defense network computers. New. Powerful. Hooked into everything, trusted to run it all. They say it got smart. A new order of intelligence. Then it saw all people as a threat, not just the ones on the other side. Decided our fate in a microsecond. Extermination (opens in new tab).”

That’s not ideal! And so, perhaps hoping to get ahead of all that, the US Department of Commerce has begun the process of establishing guidelines (opens in new tab) to ensure that AI systems do what they’re supposed to—and, perhaps more importantly, do not do what they’re not supposed to.

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