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Artificial intelligence is not going to destroy the world despite the warnings scholars give us about this type technology. Technology is always going to be open to abuse, this is why we create laws to protect humans, for example: ‘The three laws of robotics’.

Any rational person should know that ‘AI’ isn’t really a threat to anybody. After all, no matter how smart technology is, a device, or software, it still has no motive for destroying human life. The only threat is our self-preservation, and assuming we will lose our power. We should embrace AI and what this can do for our future.

We could assume that AI is only a threat if we program devices to become violent. Added to which, we still have the off button in our hands, or kill switch if anything goes wrong. Let’s not forget about the ‘three laws of Robotics’.

Bill Gates Warns About Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Bill said he cannot understand why people are not taking the threat more seriously, and yet Microsoft is working on AI technology to date. Ok. Added to this, Mr Gates implied it will take over many human tasks without any ethical understanding, but that is a moot point on its own.

Humans have morals and ethics and there are people who live among us that don’t. This is the case in every walk of life including the animal kingdom.

When AI comes into existence, then either programmers would install Isaac Asimov’s ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ which include a form of morals and ethics. An AI would learn from people and influences that surround it, just like humans do.

Embrace what I’m about to say, what we have learned in a lifetime an AI robot could learn in just a few days. What could this unit create after gaining this knowledge? And where could this take us in just a few years if they are this smart.

Movies and TV Have Caused Us to Panic

The Terminator, Matrix, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, TV programs and movies have made people worry that we won’t be able to turn this AI unit off. It has also made us concerned that an AI system may view us as a threat and try to eliminate us, this notion alone is a very broken-down version of how we should be looking at AI.

AI would have no emotions, no instincts and no conscious, so why would the will to survive or the requirement for self-preservation exist? Why would this unit want to destroy its maker? What benefit would it is the benefit of not having humans around? Will an AI unit develop a conscience? After all this is a subject in its self, where does consciousness come from?

Who Says We Are In Danger From Extermination?

Elon Musk said that AI may be a reality in as few as five years, and Professor Hawking told the BBC, ‘The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.’ Bill Gates also claims that AI is a big threat, despite the fact his company is working on a personal assistant that seem very similar to AI.

Elon Musk has invested ten million dollars into investigating the negative consequences of AI, and he said it would be more devastating than the invention of atomic weapons.

There is only one problem with AI, it might not be possible to create an artificial intelligent robot in our lifetime. We are clearly going to get some very good imitations of an AI, and there are probably going to be programs in the future that are able to learn in a way that makes it appear intelligent, but the fact is that true Artificial Intelligence may not be possible in the same way. Not yet anyway.

Bill Gates said, ‘I am concerned about super intelligence. Machines will do a lot of jobs for us without being super intelligent, which will work if we manage it well. However, at some point artificial intelligence may be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others about the existential threat caused by AI and I don’t understand why some people are not concerned.’

Will Any AI Ever Pass A Genuine Turing Test?

The Turing Test helps identify a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour that is equivalent to, or that is indistinguishable from, the behaviour of a human.

Though supercomputers may one day create a high level of intelligence within a piece of software or a device, and even though it will be able to retain information and do things far better than the human mind, the fact is it is very unlikely going to be able to function as a human brain does, which means we will always have the advantage due to our capacity for original and unique thought.

Let me know your thoughts about artificial intelligence in the comments below.

7 thoughts on “Artificial Intelligence (AI), are we ready for the next phase?”

  1. I agree with the use of advanced technology – but what I think is merged into this well written piece is Capitalism – remaining the driving force behind the technology push – without looking at the social impacts.

    If all these things happen and it takes us (the humans) 1/10 of the time to do our jobs then we should have 90% extra free time to spend on the most important things – love, family, free time….

    If you address the improvements in life to be more efficiency – yet all that efficiency saving does is make you produce more – have the same stress, have as little time off work as possible…. what is the real benefit?

    I agree – can I imagine a world without a mobile phone? Well yes, I started working before mobile phones and my parents never had a mobile phone. So when a working class person finished their job at 5 – or at the weekend – that was it – OFF Work! You couldn’t be contacted – only by the people who cared about you.

    It’s a balance I believe – but the real benefactors of such integration is what I suggest you need to consider – and what in life is really important? I’m not going all Marxist – But part of what you have written could be that if you look closely at the outcomes.

    Good piece Mr Griffiths – But what should we do with all this tech that would actually improve lifestyle – stuff that matters. Why are we hung up on the fact that in the main we are programmed to work to benefit others – if you go far far back – was it meant to be this way!

    Peter

  2. The possibility of this scares me to no end….and seeing what the Asians come up with, using robotics and such, scary. I am one of those that fear that it will happen, like in “I, Robot”…..I do believe for some stuff, it’d be great, but then it’ll slowly start taking over every aspect of our lives……it’ll be made affordable for all, eventually, and our humanity will be at risk. I know, I know….I’m probably one of the few that think that way, but it scares me for future generations…..my kids and grand kids. I’m already hearing how because of technology, that peoples’ cars can be taken over, planes have been temporarily taken control of……this is just the beginning…..what happens when technology actually does all of this without a human at the controller?

  3. There are so many things that robots and Artificially intelligent could do that involve things other than taking away our jobs. The DARPA Robotics challenge recently took place, and it involve testing robots to see how well they might handle the challenge of something like a melt-down at a nuclear reactor. There are things like that which AI could help solve. Maybe we need to be careful in how we program Artificial Intelligences. I grew up a fan of Isaac Asimov, the author responsible for the story behind the movie “I, Robot”. He’s well known for something he called “The Three Rules of Robotics”, which discuss how a robot might treat life with respect. Interestingly, Google does have a patent now, which is similar in a number of ways to those 3 rules of robotics.

  4. That quote from ofcom represents my concerns more than any robot takeover of jobs…I just don’t like how addicted and obsessed everyone is with their screens. I’m all for technology, but I feel like we just don’t use it responsibly. Everyone is addicted to having immediate answers and instant gratification. It’s a bit unnerving. But AI is pretty cool:P

  5. AI definitely opens up a lot of doors, especially for the elderly, the sick or the disabled, but at the same time, it does worry me. The potential power that AI can give someone, can definitely be abused, if used by the wrong person. Not only that, but the more we rely on AI and technology, the lazier we become. There is good and bad to both, but I’m a bit of a ‘romantic’ in the sense that I don’t like how everyone is becoming so focused on technology. It’s taking over people’s lives. So, I am a little bias against AI – but, don’t get me wrong, I do see the potential benefits of it as well.

  6. Already made some comments on AI. So here I would add more about jobs. Many people are out of jobs, big companies cut back, make others work more. AI robots or better built machines will not improve out life in this case. Mostly it will make more people out of work.

    It could happen with many people. One day you could be out of job and robot in your place.

    Of course there are things that AI will improve.. that we will benefit and we will learn to live with all changes.

    Important things to remember – before actual AI robot invasion we need to prepare ourselves for changes.

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