Telling AI to not replicate itself is like telling teenagers to just not have sex – David Garrity on @QZ

Think back to the conversation your parents had with you about the birds and the bees. Were you really listening, or was there some kind of hormonal override that wasn’t going to listen, no matter how well-intentioned your parents’ chat? Much like a teenager’s hormones, there isn’t necessarily an off button. Once an idea is put in place, we can’t simply hope for the best. Adolescent sexual behavior will often disregard the possible consequences (pregnancy, STDs) given the immediate benefits (fun, frivolity). Will AI listen to its well-intentioned masters? Or will it be so hopped up on the robot equivalent of hormones that it will just keep pushing forward, with little regard for the consequences?

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