Renowned neuroscientist stresses social diversity in facing AI world [2016/06/01 11:09]

As concerns mount over the potential of artificial intelligence to replace humans, social diversity will be the key for people to prepare for the AI generation, a renowned Korean neuroscientist said.

“Current rote-learning methods that unilaterally cram knowledge into people’s brains are nothing but an attempt to train for an ability that can be replaced by AI. People should come to think of the opposite question: ‘How can we have different experiences and viewpoints?’ Because this is the core of creativity that allows to control and utilize AI,” Jeong Jae-seung of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology said in an interview.

Professor Jeong’s main research topics include human decision-making, brain-robot interfaces and brain dynamics. He became a public figure with a series of best-selling books on science and psychology that fluently elaborated on the otherwise perplexing concepts of the fields.

Witnessing the landmark Go matches between Google’s AI named AlphaGo and South Korea’s Go champion Lee Se-dol in March, he emphasized that the game helped the public realize how powerful AI could be if it went through reinforcement learning or deep learning.

In the end, the future will be greatly influenced by the combination of AI, Internet of Things and big data, the professor said.
He pointed out that people’s concerns over AI replacing people’s jobs were exaggerated.

“AI is yet to have motivations or desire. There is no need to personify it. Just like other scientific technology, AI will be a very useful means,” he said, adding that human control is essential.

“The use of AI will be most effective in the medical or health care system. But it cannot serve as a tool once the procedure becomes complex. Scientific technology can be used as a tool only when humans have control over it,” he stressed.
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