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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday December 06 2017, @03:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the IA-AI-O dept.

Artificial Intelligence, or Intelligence Augmentation (IA)?

Research on IA has often been in competition with research on artificial intelligence (AI): competition for funding, competition for the interest of talented researchers. Although there has always been overlap between the fields, IA has typically focused on building systems which put humans and machines to work together, while AI has focused on complete outsourcing of intellectual tasks to machines. In particular, problems in AI are often framed in terms of matching or surpassing human performance: beating humans at chess or Go; learning to recognize speech and images or translating language as well as humans; and so on.

This essay describes a new field, emerging today out of a synthesis of AI and IA. For this field, we suggest the name artificial intelligence augmentation (AIA): the use of AI systems to help develop new methods for intelligence augmentation. This new field introduces important new fundamental questions, questions not associated to either parent field. We believe the principles and systems of AIA will be radically different to most existing systems.

The crux of the matter seems to be agency--will humans retain it?


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @08:36AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday December 06 2017, @08:36AM (#606043)

    "and most humans become dumber about space orientation"

    I do get your point, but for me I've never been good at space orientation, so Google Maps + GPS gives me the ability to navigate without getting lost. I try and commit certain landmarks to memory in the process, but for me it's a slow learning curve for some reason.

  • (Score: 2) by t-3 on Wednesday December 06 2017, @09:14PM (1 child)

    by t-3 (4907) on Wednesday December 06 2017, @09:14PM (#606411) Journal

    It's slow because you have the training wheels on. Get lost a few times and you'll pay more attention and figure it out. GPS is a crutch that is stunting your mental mapmaking abilities.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 08 2017, @06:08AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 08 2017, @06:08AM (#607109)

      Oh, I've been lost many times, believe me. That was before smartphones and Google Maps was available as a crutch.