AI and Humanity

Dr. Jackson discussed AI's potential good and bad consequences for humanity in his 1974 textbook Introduction to Artificial Intelligence. The book's 2019 Third Edition discusses the problem of ‘technological unemployment’ and gives reasons why Artificial Intelligence may be necessary for both the survival and prosperity of humanity. These discussions are augmented in the 2019 book Toward Human-Level Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Jackson continues to think beneficial AI can be developed - robots like Star Trek's Data and Star Wars' C3PO, rather than the Terminator. To achieve beneficial AI it's important to develop Tala and TalaMind, because a system that reasons in a conceptual language based on English (or some other common natural language) will be more open to human inspection than a black box or a system with an internal language that's difficult for people to understand.