Why some AI research may be too dangerous to share

A recent feature in the Financial Times magazine about the British spy agency GCHQ revealed to me one especially surprising tidbit: The agency had been inspired to create an Internet surveillance system by the Google-owned artificial intelligence (AI) company DeepMind, based on an academic paper about an artificial chess grand master.

A GCHQ official said: "The people who did this at DeepMind, they published all the work, it's out there, anybody can access it. So we should make use of it."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2019, with the headline 'Why some AI research may be too dangerous to share'. Print Edition | Subscribe