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An interview with Dr. Stuart Russell, author of ‘Human Compatible, Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control’

But it just doesn’t work that way.  When you start crossing over to systems that are more intelligent, operating on a global scale, and having real-world impact, like trading algorithms, for example, or social media content selection, then all of a sudden, you are having a big impact on real-world, and it’s hard to control.

Dr. Russell: I think everyone, because everyone is going to be affected by this.  As progress occurs towards human level (AI), each big step is going to magnify the impact by another factor of 10, or another factor of 100.

More specifically, it would be policymakers, the people who run the large companies like Google and Amazon, and people in AI, related disciplines, like control theory, cognitive science and so on.

So chapter two (of Human Compatible was) sort of mammoth and some people said, “Oh, this is too much to get through and others said, “No, you absolutely have to keep it.”  So I compromised and put the pedagogical stuff in the appendices.

Transforming Online Learning With Artificial Intelligence

Getty As higher education costs continue to rise, students bear the ultimate burden of choosing the right school, major, and delivery format to maximize post-graduation success.

Distance learning programs have existed since the 1980s, but technological innovation, content scalability, and widespread mobile adoption have enabled the online degree program to be a competitive option for aspiring students.

Backed by a$2 million investment from AT&Tand a desire to democratize education by expanding beyond physical class sizes, Georgia Tech spun up a Master of Computer Science degree delivered asynchronously in a virtual environment.

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign suspended their on-campus MBA program to transition into an iMBA online, enrollment in individual online courses istracking upwards year-over-year, and25% of universities are expected to fail in the next 20 yearsdue to heavy losses incurred by pricy facilities and declining student registration.

For international students, the language barrier may complicate progress, but cutting-edge research intext translation and machine learningaims to create deep-learning systems that can translate English lectures into the student’s native tongue.