Artificial intelligence not destructive: IBM Watson chief

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Rob High, International Business Machine (IBM) Watson Chief Technology Officer, speaks to reporters on the sidelines of the annual IBM forum held in Taipei Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Artificial intelligence (AI) is not destructive, asserted Rob High, International Business Machine (IBM) Watson Chief Technology Officer, at an annual IBM forum held in Taipei Thursday.

His remark came in the wake of a United Kingdom’s Daily Mail report that Facebook shut down a chatbot experiment after two AI robots developed their own language to communicate.

Answering questions at the forum, High said that even though some people may believe that chatbots are learning new languages, he thinks they are simply trying to optimize the language.

Humans shouldn’t think that AIs will develop consciousness or naturally produce ethics, but they should bear the responsibility to make sure that AIs are being used ethically, said High.

Watson is a computer system developed by IBM that is capable of answering questions posed by humans verbally. In 2011, it competed on the popular game show Jeopardy and won first place, beating human contestants. 

By Wu Chia-hao and William Yen