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Lions Roar : September 2019
FOR MANY PEOPLE, artificial intel- ligence is the Wizard of Oz of our time— a mysterious and threatening power behind the curtain, ominous and seem- ingly omnipotent. CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE NIKKI MIRGHAFORI, PhD, is an AI scientist and member of the Teachers Council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. ISTOCK.COM/IZUSEK FROM WHERE I SIT How AI Really Threatens Us Artificial intelligence doesn’t need a mind of its own to threaten our freedom. All it needs are flawed human minds behind it. That’s why ethical standards are so important, says AI scientist and Buddhist teacher NIKKI MIRGHAFORI. The entertainment industry has done more than its fair share to feed us hor- rific futuristic scenarios about AI: HAL in 2001, Ava in Ex Machina, humans used as batteries in The Matrix. Our primal fears have been manipulated and magnified by the big screen. Should we be so afraid of AI? Bud- dhist teachings offer many sophisticated tools and strategies to work with fear. One is wisdom and understanding. So let’s start with answering the question: what is AI anyway? There are two types of AI: weak and strong. In weak AI, a computer simulates the mental states and behavior of sentient beings like us. A weak AI program is at LION’S ROAR | SEPTEMBER 2019 11