A Conceptual Model for Designing a Personality Baseline for an Artificial Intelligence

by Paul Strong, Nicola Strong and Jim Maltby **


“The development of a working Artificial Intelligence (AI) is widely seen as a key strategic priority for the major powers. Those working in the area give a broad range of time-frames as to when a workable AI will be delivered, pointing out the limitations of the current state of Narrow AI and suggesting that it may be decades before a General (more advanced) AI emerges. General AI may be a distant prospect, but it is essential to understand the implications of such a development as early as possible and lay the foundations for its evolution. We believe that future research needs to address the way in which early AIs will perceive humanity and how they will adapt their behaviour as we interact with them. This article proposes a potential approach to this challenge, based upon giving the emerging AI a personality baseline designed around the contextualised historic experience of the physical system the AI is intended to enhance. Due to the numerous ethical and directive challenges (which cannot be addressed in a single paper), we have used a military example. We have done this as we believe that this debate should be conducted as part of the wider academic and social discourse (rather than being conducted by narrow interests). Our main priority should be to establish the foundations for a healthy AI – Human partnership that benefits future generations of both humans and AIs.”

Warspite Concept 2040b

* “It takes the Navy three years to build a ship. It will take three hundred years to build a new tradition. The evacuation will continue” Admiral Andrew Cunningham, Crete, 1941.

** This paper is one of the outputs of an informal review of future defence and security concepts by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and an AI literature review conducted by Strong Enterprises Limited. We would also like to thank Simon Flint, Jim Wallman, Dr Gerard Finbow, Dr Andy May, and numerous colleagues at DSTL for their insights and constructive criticisms of the initial concept.

*** Pictures. Battle of Cadiz is owned by the Rijksmuseum. For more information: http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.5792

The full paper is a available as a pdf. and can be downloaded here:

20181107 AI Concept HMS Warspite Expanded Article



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