In this interview, Professor Manuela Veloso, head of the machine learning department at Carnegie Mellon University, talks about a future in which humans and intelligent systems are inseparable, bound together in a continual exchange of information and goals that she calls “symbiotic autonomy.” Some highlights:
- On how we can get people to trust decisions made by AI: by having these AI systems to be able to explain how they arrived at those decisions.
- On what caused the acceleration in AI Research in the last few years: more and more of information is digital. It seems that the world reveals itself on the internet.
- On more generalizable intelligence in software: General AI could one day come out of an integration between specialized AI systems.
- On symbiotic autonomy: one of their main features of AI Systems would be to identify what they can’t do and invoke help from humans. Can you push the elevator button? Can you open the door? Can you put something in my basket? This is what we call symbiotic autonomy.
What are your thoughts on some of the things discussed in the interview - specially general AI and Symbiotic autonomy between bots and humans?