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Father of the Internet: 'ai Stands For Artificial Idiot'


Google chief Internet evangelist (and former ACM president) Vint Cerf.

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf warned attendees at a recent technology summit that modern artificial intelligence systems can learn bad behaviors if they engage with bad actors.

Credit: Andre Penner/AP

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf, who shared the 2004 ACM A.M. Turing Award with Robert E. Kahn, told attendees at a recent technology summit that modern artificial intelligence (AI) systems are only as smart as the people who interact with them, and he warned AIs can learn bad behaviors if they engage with bad actors.

Cerf also discussed the potentially dangerous ramifications of the Internet of Things for the U.S. military. He said the military faces far more serious security risks than the general public in its heavy use of Internet-connected devices that could number in the billions in only a few years.

Cerf said a lack of constant security will enable criminals to exploit seemingly harmless data to steal far more sensitive information.

He also is concerned about incorporating numerous sensors into military equipment. "Some devices last for decades, who is going to maintain that software 30 or 40 years?" Cerf asked.

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