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AI Needs to Be Both Trusted and Trustworthy

| Jan. 08, 2024

Through sensors, actuators, and IoT devices, AI is going to be interacting with the physical plane on a massive scale. The question is, how does one build trust in its actions?

In 2016, I wrote about an internet that affected the world in a direct, physical manner. It was connected to your smartphone. It had sensors like cameras and thermostats. It had actuators: thermostats, drones, autonomous cars. And it had smarts in the middle, using sensor data to figure out what to do and then actually do it. This was the Internet of Things.

The classical definition of a robot is something that senses, thinks, and acts—that’s today’s internet. We’ve been building a world-sized robot without even realizing it.

In 2023, we upgraded the “thinking” part with large language models (LLMs) like GPT. ChatGPT both surprised and amazed the world with its ability to understand human language and generate credible, on-topic, humanlike responses. But what these are really good at is interacting with systems formerly designed for humans. Their accuracy will get better, and they will be used to replace actual humans.

In 2024, we’re going to start connecting those LLMs and other AI systems to both sensors and actuators. In other words, they will be connected to the larger world, through APIs. They will receive direct inputs from our environment, in all the forms I thought about in 2016. And they will increasingly control our environment, through IoT devices and beyond.

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For Academic Citation: Schneier, Bruce.“AI Needs to Be Both Trusted and Trustworthy.” WIRED, January 8, 2024.

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