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Positive Intelligent Technologies

Self-Aware Systems is a think-tank working to ensure that intelligent technologies are beneficial for humanity. A strong cautionary statement by Stephen Hawking and others has generated enormous interest in this topic. Our recent paper “Autonomous technology and the greater human good” was downloaded 10,000 times in the first week to become the most downloaded paper in the Journal of Experimental & Theoretical Artificial Intelligence. James Barrat’s book “Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era” is an excellent popular account of some of the issues and is based in part on our work. Nick Bostrom’s forthcoming book “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies” is an excellent academic treatment.

This website contains our talks and papers on this topic over the past 10 years. For a quick introduction, watch the 18 minute TEDx video from May 2012:

Smart Technology for the Greater Good.

For more detail, watch this December 2012 talk at Oxford University:

Autonomous Technologies and the Greater Human Good,

this July 2011 talk at Monash University:

Rationally-Shaped Minds: A Framework for Analyzing Self-Improving AI,

or this October 2007 talk at Stanford University:

Self-Improving Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Computing.

For more depth, read the papers:

Autonomous Technology and the Greater Human Good

Rational Artificial Intelligence for the Greater Good

The Future of Computing: Meaning and Values

The Basic AI Drives

The Nature of Self-Improving Artificial Intelligence

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