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.
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