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FLI Interview of the WBAI Chairperson

Hiroshi Yamakawa, the chairperson of WBAI, was interviewed by Future of Life Institute (FLI)  and its content was published on line with the title “Understanding Artificial General Intelligence — An Interview With Hiroshi Yamakawa” (in English (summaryfull text) & Japanese) on October 23, 2017.

The following are major questions in the interview, including topics on WBA and WBAI:

  • Why did the Dwango Artificial Intelligence Laboratory make a large investment in [AGI]?
  • What is the advantage of the Whole Brain Architecture approach?
  • You also started a non-profit, the Whole Brain Architecture Initiative. How does the non-profit’s role differ from the commercial work?
  • What do you think poses the greatest existential risk to global society in the 21st century?
  • What do you think is the greatest benefit that AGI can bring society?
  • Assuming no global catastrophe halts progress, what are the odds of human level AGI in the next 10 years?
  • Once human level AGI is achieved, how long would you expect it to take for it to self-modify its way up to massive superhuman intelligence?
  • What probability do you assign to negative consequences as a result of badly done AI design or operation?
  • Is it too soon for us to be researching AI Safety?
  • Is there anything you think that the AI research community should be more aware of, more open about, or taking more action on?
  • Japan, as a society, seems more welcoming of automation. Do you think the Japanese view of AI is different than that in the West?

cf. Wikipedia article on Future of Life Institute

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