Professor Joseph Nye, Member of Boston Global Forum’s Board of Thinkers and Distinguished Service Professor of Harvard University, addressed the problem of norms for AI at AIWS Conference on September 20, 2018 at Harvard University Faculty Club.
Gov. Michael Dukakis, Prof. Joseph Nye, Nick Burns, and Nguyen Anh Tuan
Prof. Joseph Nye opened his speech by talking about the expansion of Chinese firms in the US market and their ambition to surpass the US in the field of AI. Prof. Nye believes the idea of an AI arms race and geopolitical competition in AI that can have profound effects on our society. However, he says prediction that China will be ahead of the US on AI by 2030 is “uncertain” and “indeterminate” since China’s only advantage is having more data and little concerns for privacy. Talking about the norms for AI, Prof. Nye thinks that as people unleashes AI, which leads to warfare and autonomy of offensives, we should have a treaty to control it. One of his suggestions is that we have international institutions, which would essentially monitor the various programs in AI in various countries.