The Case Against the Case Against AI

Source: Quillette
by Peter L Levin

“In their new book, The Age of AI and Our Human Future, Henry Kissinger (Richard Nixon’s Secretary of State), Eric Schmidt (the former chair and CEO of Google), and Daniel Huttenlocher (the current and inaugural dean of the Schwarzman College of Computing at MIT) sound the alarm about the technological dangers and philosophical pitfalls of uncontrolled and unregulated AI. They join an august list of technology luminaries and public intellectuals who have expressed similar concerns, including Stephen Hawking, Sam Harris, Nick Bostrom, Ray Kurzweil, and Elon Musk. … The fundamental principle upon which I base my counter-argument is that, as Erik J. Larson explains in The Myth of Artificial Intelligence, ‘Machine learning systems are [just] sophisticated counting machines.’ The underlying math is inherently retrospective and can only create statistical models of behavior.” (01/06/22)