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The future of AI and human flexibility*


A sample of alternate futures of AI is used to illustrate a fruitful approach to meta-AI. At least two important issues generated by progress in AI require analysis. One is the trade-off between building an AI dedicated to a specialized, well-defined domain of problems, at which it excels, and building a flexible AI that can reprogram itself quickly to cope with a variety of unanticipated new tasks. Another central issue concerns the role and value of being human in the face of pressing change of the kind believed to be engendered by AI.