Security chiefs to hire £56k digital James Bond to tackle threat of AI tech

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    Spooks are hiring an AI nerd to head up their research into the quickly advancing technology.

    The budding 007s will look into how AI can threaten UK security and will get a pay package of almost £56,000-a-year.

    The job will be based at its London HQ – but part time and flexible working will be allowed.

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    Secret service bosses don’t expect applicants to be AI experts already.

    But they will need to be good at “problem-solving” and be able to carry out research in an “agile way.”

    Applications for the ‘AI Research Lead’ position close on August 1.

    The job advert reads: “We’re MI6, also known as the Secret Intelligence Service.

    “Our mission is to protect the security and economic wellbeing of the UK from overseas threats such as regional instability, terrorism, and cyber-attacks.

    “The Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security is a diverse team of scientists, engineers and programme professionals working to identify and understand how global Science and Technology will impact on the future business and mission of National Security.

    “The role will involve acting as a technical authority on one or more of our AI and Data Science research theme areas.

    “You will develop a technical strategy for the themes which will define the research programme.

    The job advert continues: “It is essential that you have a good engineering or scientific base, to degree level or equivalent qualifications or experience and an active interest and knowledge of AI and Data Science.

    “AI and Data Science is an extensive area and we do not expect you to know everything”

    The starting salary will be £52,960 plus £2,913 science and engineering skills allowance.

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    It comes after fears were raised that artificial intelligence could lead to the extinction of humanity.

    Experts – including the heads of OpenAI and Google Deepmind – have warned of it’s potential danagers.

    Dozens have supported a statement published on the webpage of the Centre for AI Safety.

    It reads: “Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war” it reads.

    But others say the fears are overblown.

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