ERIC HORVITZ, Microsoft Research Director: “The science of the…


Eric Horvitz “I see a lot of opportunity for humanity”.
“Artificial intelligence is in a kind of crossroads. The crossing that exists between a machine and an open system that can perceive, that can learn, that can act in the world, understand people, train people to do their jobs faster and better and in turn to create experiences ” .

Eric Horvitz, is a technical member of Microsoft, Director of the main laboratory of Redmond. Member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) was elected ACM CHI Academy in 2013 and ACM Fellow 2014 for their contributions to artificial intelligence and their work on the interaction between man and computer.

In 2015 he received the AAI Feigenbaum Award, for his contributions in the development of computational models in the field of perception, reflection and action and the applications of these in critical times.

The work of Horvitz has given great credibility to artificial intelligence in the area of ​​computer science and also in turn to computer engineering.

Horvitz has deepened the interaction that has occurred between the man-computer and the operating systems, creating the link between the AI ​​and the science of decision.

The reality is that artificial intelligence is at a point of inflection, is about to move to the outside. From moving to an open system. And we began to find promising inspirational positive critical aspects of a life easier and more comfortable and the negative critical aspects full of concerns about possible errors that can directly influence us generating multiple costs in many areas.

Concerns about possible errors in automation of processes, future changes in work models that harm us and in the economy in general, use of biased data and algorithms and out of control AI.

Eric Horvitz “We must remain vigilant, be proactive and make good decisions, especially as we build more powerful intelligences, which include systems that could be able to overcome our thinking or rethink things in ways that were not planned by their creators”

Anyway, Horvitz advises that we take this transition with ease, since the advances are not going to be as fast as they are coming.

The same thing happened with the emergence of the first computers and computer tools. “They thought things would go very fast, and it was not like that,” “We’re still on that path.”

“We see more and more of these successes in daily life,” “We grew up very quickly getting used to them and waiting for their arrival.”

“The AI ​​has become more central to the competitive landscape for these companies,” said Horvitz.

“He will train us in many ways as individuals”

The most noteworthy advances in AI today are given mainly in the development of machine learning, in the rationing and perception of these and in the science of computing.

Computer systems offer us increasingly better solutions based on uncertainties, providing better results for the data received.

There are also significant advances in the learning methods of the “neural network” machines. In this way, we can recognize objects and images by means of data and understand spoken words.

Eric Horvitz is very positive in the medium term, but in the long term he says in several decades that the AI ​​must be more controllable.

“We could one day lose control of AI systems through the emergence of superintelligence that does not act in accordance with human desires … If so, how can these situations arise? should they do to better understand and address the possibility of the emergence of a superintelligence or the emergence of an “intelligence explosion”?

All these questions launched by Eric Horvitz were put in the spotlight until recently only by AI researchers, but now these questions also appear in the minds of a large part of the population.

Source video: Microsoft Research


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