4 Q 4 Arunas Mark, AI BOOST Lithuania Project Lead for policy and private sector, and FintechLT Project Manager at the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA, Lithuania)

Which types of robotics and artificial intelligence are you using in daily life?

  • Most of the AI used daily is image recognition and manipulation, biometrics, natural language processing and other data-based algorithms, which most of us use daily in our phones without even knowing it. Speaking about robotics – these are robot vacuum and other robotic automatization solutions, such as house security and other IoT products.

Should we be afraid of the development of artificial intelligence? Can it threaten us as humanity?

  • We should not be afraid of AI. Our grand-grand-grand-grandchildren might, but I honestly doubt any scenario with utter lack of safeguards and letting the AI roam freely. Humans are in general more intelligent than that.

Where do you see the ethical boundary in AI development? When should we say it is enough?

  • To be very specific, when a drone will identify the target, take the decision to destroy it and carry it out solely by its own and without any human intervention – this is a step too far (yet is already possible today).

How would you define the right balance between the use and development of artificial intelligence and its regulation?

  • The word ‘balance’ itself describes the best possible scenario: it must be balanced. We have to build safeguards which would not hinder the innovation. The easiest example lies within the context of liability – who is responsible for a failure in a product with AI, where exactly was the fault and who exactly is liable. When we break down the technology like that, it is much more comprehensible, less mythical, and much easier to reasonably regulate.