As artificial intelligence becomes ever more human, who should be in charge of teaching it right and wrong?

SINGAPORE (Feb 18): Fifteen years ago, Oxford University philosopher Nick Bostrom theorised a “doomsday” prophecy now popularly referred to as the “Paperclip Paradox”.

In it, he posits: Suppose someone has created a super-intelligent artificial intelligence machine and asked it to produce paperclips. The AI is given the ability of unsupervised learning, so that it can independently learn ways to produce more paperclips more efficiently. Very soon, it is inundating the world with paperclips while destroying resources to produce even more paperclips. If you attempt to stop it, it will recognise that you are interfering with its goal and resist any attempt to put an end to its purpose of paperclip production, to your detriment.

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