(These are excerpts from my book "Intelligence is not Artificial")
The Dangers of Machine Intelligence: Who will get there first?
Traditionally, most of the investment for A.I. research has come (directly or indirectly) from military agencies such as DARPA whose purpose is to build war machines. Now those big corporations whose business plan is based on advertising are also investing massively in A.I.
Judging from where the money is (or, better, comes from), one is tempted to conclude that the first general-purpose A.I., the first A.G.I., will emerge from either the warmongering military-industrial complex or from the greedy corporate world. We have to face the realistic scenario that the Singularity is more likely to arise as the descendant of a military machine or of an advertising algorithm than as the evolution of humanitarian software.
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