FAMU professor: Artificial intelligence brings high risks

President Trump signed an executive order regarding artificial intelligence last month.
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President Donald Trump issued an executive order last month to advance American leadership in the field of artificial intelligence (AI).

Artificial intelligence allows quick advancements for everyday technology, the economy, U.S. military, health and food industries, and manufacturing industries. The development can adjust to and filter new data inputs, and emulate human functions such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.

The well versed technology has been gaining steam over the past 50 years, according to AI magazine. President Trump promises in his executive order that the economy will enjoy rapid growth through the enhancement of AI industries.

Maintaining the role as the fastest growing technological nation in the world is a challenge the commander in chief will not back away from despite critic's opposition.

Hongmei Chi, an assistant professor in FAMU’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences, is focused on cybersecurity.

Chi explains that risks are high for this development. “The National Institute of Justice has funded AI research primarily in areas of public safety, video and image analysis, DNA analysis, and even gunshot wounds. It means that anything someone wants to know about you, they can gain access to that information. That includes your enemies too.”

Physicist Stephen Hawking’s and Tesla executive Elon Musk’s criticisms come as warnings. Stating in the Open Letter on Artificial Intelligence, “the potential of AI is great but we do not know if it will serve to benefit us or harm us. We need to be well versed, regulations can ensure us of public safety against possible dangers.”

Chi’s colleague and computer information science instructor, Jon DeGoicoechea, provides insight into its semantics.

DeGoicoechea’s research implies that the danger and difficulty of AI is its own “inductive behavior” where observations are made to generate comprehensive programming. Researchers have faced problems in “effectively managing, testing, and evolving” such systems. Their critical issues are upholding its accuracy.

Hackers with highly advanced technology may breach national security databases, according to AI Magazine. In regards to national security, Hongmei is focused on the cybersecurity that AI applications may secure. It remains imperative to researchers to conceive more conclusive applications.

This mandate orders the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy to take into account funds in fiscal year 2020 and in future years, when developing budget proposals for AI research and development and deployment.

By upholding the nation's values, policies and priorities, President Trump clarified in this executive order that the U.S. government will foster public trust and confidence until Americans are familiar with these new developments and technologies.

It appears that the majority of the population agrees with senior computer information major Michel Harvey.

“Rather we like it [AI] or not, it's here and it will continue to grow as humans become more advanced. And as far as national security, others can compromise our systems, but we can do the same,” he said. “I believe it's better to maintain leadership, better safe than sorry.”

This initiative will  be facilitated through the National Science and Technology Council’s Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence. 

Within the next few weeks, the Select Committee will approve or reject, and regulate entities that conduct foundational AI research and development and deploy applications of AI technologies.