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w1tchch1ld
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Danielle
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We should no longer research or attempt to create an AI or Super intelligence

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Danielle
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/14/2016 Category: Technology
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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w1tchch1ld

Pro

AIs have been researched for almost half a century now, and now making up roughly 10% of all computer sciences research, they're dominating the research field, and occupy just as many resources. Just recently a massive 636 Million USD, was donated towards the (American) National Science foundation for Computer Sciences. Of this, 56 million was used in research toward AI. In addition, Cambridge has given out two million dollars in an AI research grant, and Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur behind SpaceX and Tesla Motors, has given the "Future Life Institute," ten million USD in conjunction with his 1 billion USD company "OpenAI," to ensure any AI or super intelligence created doesn't "turn out to be evil," In addition to unspecified millions that Google, Microsoft and other large corporations are pouring into AI, the total cost spent of any and every aspect of AI research is in the billions. Every cent of these funds though, has been wasted on a 60 year endeavour that has granted nothing more than complex programs which are able to behave different depending on their visual or audio input, with previous coding dictating what that input means. With these funds, and the talented minds being wasted on the conundrum of creating consciousness out of code, many more computer science advancements could have been made, within the 60 years wasted too. Indeed, there are no specifics as to what could have been achieved, because none of it was with funds being thrown at AI research.
Danielle

Con

Many thanks to my opponent for beginning this debate.

My opponent has three main contentions:

1. Researching AI has absorbed a lot of funds that could have been spent on better things.

2. Researching AI "has been wasted on... nothing more than complex programs which are able to behave different depending on their visual or audio input, with previous coding dictating what that input means."

3. Talented minds are being wasted on the conundrum of creating consciousness out of code, while many more computer science advancements could have been made in the meantime.

First and foremost, my opponent should explain what better things the money could have been spent on aside from Artificial Intelligence. While he claims talented minds have been "wasted" on this research, I contend that AI has done some pretty interesting things over the last 60 years. So far AI

- deployed speech dialog systems used by firms like IBM, Dragon and Lernout & Hauspie

- software developed in the 1970s translated natural language weather forecasts to communicate weather patterns that could predict natural disasters

- has created significant advancement in financial software, which is used by banks to scan credit card transactions for unusual patterns that might signal fraud. One piece of software is estimated to save banks $500 million annually

- shown effective applications of expert systems/case-based reasoning -- for example a computerized Leukemia diagnosis system did a better job checking for blood disorders than human experts [1].

The reality is that AI does not get a lot of credit for what it has already achieved. Algorithms originally developed by AI researchers began to appear as parts of larger systems. Smart Phones and GPS were created largely in part to Artificial Intelligence. AI had solved a lot of very difficult problems and their solutions proved to be useful throughout the technology industry, such as data mining [2], industrial robotics [3], logistics [4], speech recognition [5], banking software [6], medical diagnosis [7] and Google's search engine [8].

Indeed Google has invested a lot of money on AI research as have other companies per Pro's very own point. This means a lot of jobs are being created in the tech industry -- jobs that contribute to human advancement, as we can see from the aforementioned list of ways AI has benefitted our society. However these jobs for engineers and technicians and computer scientists and analysts and data experts, etc. not only fuel our economy, but they are looking toward the future to do even more good. Artificial intelligence can help alleviate the difficulties faced by man, especially by doing things that man simply cannot.

For example, artificial intelligence allows for space exploration at a far greater capacity than we could without AI. Robots can explore space and provide information about the universe that could benefit us here on Earth. NASA says AI helps astronauts for planning and other practical endeavors [9].

Artificial intelligence can also help us mine for resources here on Earth, such as digging for fuels and exploring oceans.

With artificial intelligence, the chances of error are greatly reduced. It allows for more accuracy and precision, which is important for surgery and other procedures that require straightforward movement.

AI can be used to carry out time consuming and painstaking tasks that are dangerous, laborious or that people simply don't want to do. Machines can also continuously perform without breaks, which means they can be efficient tools in the labor market (and reduce the cost of goods in the economy).

In conclusion, artificial intelligence has been looking for ways (and succeeding) to improve the human condition. Our entertainment, health care and environmental concerns are being alleviated and explored through AI. Money invested in AI is not being wasted. Great successes have come to fruition and many more are being pursued.

[1] http://www.globalguideline.com...
[2] http://www.hindawi.com...
[3] http://www.techinsider.io...
[4] http://ai.uni-bremen.de...
[5] http://www.scirp.org...
[6] http://fobiss.com...
[7] http://www.wired.com...
[8] http://www.wired.com...
[9] http://www.nasa.gov...
Debate Round No. 1
w1tchch1ld

Pro

w1tchch1ld forfeited this round.
Danielle

Con

Unfortunately my opponent has forfeited the last round.

Please extend my arguments. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 2
w1tchch1ld

Pro

w1tchch1ld forfeited this round.
Danielle

Con

Unfortunately my opponent has forfeited the entire debate.

Please extend my arguments. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 3
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Vote Placed by dsjpk5 9 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro ff many times, so conduct to Con.