This episode of The Conversation’s In Depth Out Loud podcast explores why experts are worried about AIs becoming addicts.

You can read the text version of this in-depth article here. The audio version is read by Peter Hanly in partnership with Noa, News Over Audio. Thomas Moynihan and Anders Sandberg at the University of Oxford explain one growing issue with real-world AIs: wireheading, a phenomenon strangely akin to addiction in humans. They track the history of this issue, which is quickly becoming a hot topic among machine learning experts and those concerned with AI safety.

This story came out of a project at The Conversation called Insights, which is supported by Research England. You can read more stories in the series here.The Conversation

Thomas Moynihan, Visiting Research Associate in History, St Benet’s College, University of Oxford and Anders Sandberg, James Martin Research Fellow, Future of Humanity Institute & Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.

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