I am exceedingly happy to report the release of my first academic paper in this field, “Classification Schemas for Artificial Intelligence Failures.” It is on the arXiv site here.

Last year I reached out to professor Roman Yampolskiy, one of the endorsers of Crisis of Control, a prolific author and speaker on the topic of AI Safety (and who coined that term), asking whether there was anything I could do to assist, and he suggested writing a paper on AI failures, which he would supply data for.

Roman wrote a 2018 paper cataloguing several dozen failures of artificial intelligence and other cybernetic systems, raising important questions about where this trend might go as AIs become more complex and powerful. My paper extends that analysis to further questions and a classification schema that facilitates the categorization of AI failures.

I’m excited at how it turned out and I look forward to it being picked up in a suitable journal!

Posted by Peter Scott

Peter Scott’s résumé reads like a Monty Python punchline: half business coach, half information technology specialist, half teacher, three-quarters daddy. After receiving a master’s degree in Computer Science from Cambridge University, he has worked for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an employee and contractor for over thirty years, helping advance our exploration of the Solar System. Over the years, he branched out into writing technical books and training. Yet at the same time, he developed a parallel career in “soft” fields of human development, getting certifications in NeuroLinguistic Programming from founder John Grinder and in coaching from the International Coaching Federation. In 2007 he co-created a convention honoring the centennial of the birth of author Robert Heinlein, attended by over 700 science fiction fans and aerospace experts, a unique fusion of the visionary with the concrete. Bridging these disparate worlds positions him to envisage a delicate solution to the existential crises facing humanity. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two daughters, writing the Human Cusp blog on dealing with exponential change.

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