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Google's developers discuss the potential impact of AI on society in a 60 Minutes interview. One breakthrough is their chatbot named Bard, which can generate content, summarise the New Testament and even create deep stories in seconds. The developers also highlight the potential for AI to solve societal problems, but it will also challenge society in new ways - particularly around the spread of disinformation. However, Google is being responsible and creating more robust safety layers. One key challenge is emergent properties where AI systems spontaneously acquire skills that weren't taught. The developers believe that AI expands possibilities rather than narrows them, and we must adapt as a society and create regulations aligned with human values, morals and ethics.

  • 00:00:00 In this section, Google CEO Sundar Pichai discusses the potential implications of the AI revolution and how it will be as good or evil as human nature allows. He also speaks about the pace at which technology is evolving and whether society is prepared for what is coming. Google is a leader in this new world of AI with a recent breakthrough being their chatbot named Bard which appears to possess the sum of human knowledge through programs that are mostly self-taught. The chatbot can generate content like a speech or a blog post, summarize the New Testament in seconds, and even create a deeply human tale with characters it invented in just five seconds.
  • 00:05:00 In this section, the transcript highlights the potential impact of AI on the job market and how it could be a super-powered assistant that helps us across everything we do. Google's James Manika explains that AI has the potential to change many societal problems, but it could also pose its own issues, and AI will impact every product across every industry. He reveals that knowledge workers such as accountants, architects, writers, and software engineers could have their definitions change as they may be replaced by new industries that will grow over time with the help of AI. However, more than two-thirds of jobs will change, not go away.
  • 00:10:00 In this section, the developers from Google discuss the challenges of AI, including hallucinations and the spread of disinformation. While Google has built safety filters into their AI, Pachai admits that AI will challenge society in new and deeper ways, particularly with fake news and fake images. However, Pachai believes they are being responsible by holding back advanced versions of their AI, like Bard, until they can develop more robust safety layers. One of the biggest challenges of AI is emergent properties, where some AI systems are spontaneously acquiring skills they were never trained for, in a way that isn't well understood. The developers note that they have some ideas, but our ability to understand this gets better over time.
  • 00:15:00 In this section, it is shown how engineers at DeepMind used motion capture technology to teach robots how to move like humans on a soccer field with the objective of scoring. The robots were not programmed by humans to play the game but learned on their own by spending a few weeks testing different moves and discarding those that didn't work while building on those that did. By independent testing, the AI programs play thousands of games from which it learns and invents its own tactics. In practical terms, this type of research could lead to robots coming out of factories to work in different types of human environments such as mining, dangerous construction work, exploration, disaster recovery, etc. DeepMind was co-founded 12 years ago by CEO Demis Hasabis, who believes that AI is going to be the most important invention that humanity will ever make, and that we will adapt to the pace of change brought about by it.
  • 00:20:00 In this section, the Google developers discuss how AI is able to replicate some of the neural networks and talents of the brain through brute force computing and the availability of vast cloud computing power provided by Google. The reporters discuss how Deepmind achieved its greatest achievements so far through creating an AI program that could solve an impossible protein structure problem in just seconds. They also show how robots are being taught skills they will practice continuously, allowing them to recognize objects and comprehend instructions, and discuss the possibilities for AI to one day have artificial general intelligence, although they currently lack self-awareness or consciousness. The Google developers believe that AI's capabilities expand possibilities rather than narrow them, and that the questions raised about AI ultimately lead to deeper and more profound questions about humanity.
  • 00:25:00 In this section, it is discussed how AI poses some significant questions to society, such as what humans value, what we're good at, and how we relate to one another. As such, the rush towards AI is unsettling, and critics argue that developing AI too quickly will have negative repercussions. However, Google CEO Sundar Pichai believes that we must adapt to AI as a society and create regulations that align with human values, morals and ethics. It is necessary for social scientists, ethicists, philosophers to be involved in the development of AI so that we can thoughtfully create AI that is compatible with human values. Ultimately, AI is seen as a tool to enhance our lives and to do things that humans cannot do on their own, meaning that we must adapt and change regulations to make AI safe for the world.

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