Should You Fear Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)?
In the movie I, Robot it is depicted how artificially intelligent unconscious robots can be dangerous to human civilization. Even in Terminator it is quite rightfully depicted that if machines get intelligent enough to replicate themselves they can wipe the human civilization, same is the case with Ultron.
So is an artificially intelligent machine so dangerous to mankind? Recently well known physicist Stephen Hawking laid out his extreme concerns over the future of A.I. and the human race in a somewhat terrifying op-ed for The Independent.
“Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks” — Stephen Hawking.
Still if AI becomes an existential threat, it won’t be the first one. Over the course of humanity we have seen countless man-made threats and we’ve even resolved them.
Technology has always been a double-edged sword, since fire kept us warm but also burned down our villages.
Consideration of ethical guidelines for AI goes back to Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics, Obviously if machines outsmart us, they could easily replicate and modify themselves. This could cause various problems.
Linux founder Linus Torvalds has a different view though, “So I’d expect just more of (and much fancier) rather targeted AI, rather than anything human-like at all. Language recognition, pattern recognition, things like that. I just don’t see the situation where you suddenly have some existential crisis because your dishwasher is starting to discuss Sartre with you”. And he is right, our fear is more because of fiction. Of course key figures like Elon Musk and Steve Woz have raised their concerns but what we are talking here is something on a very large level.
I think Artificial Intelligence or A.I. is the future of our civilization.
Think of A.I. as something that could provide equal access to everyone, say like how a teenager in Africa gets same Google Search results like a billionaire on his Yacht in Miami.
Think of A.I. as Jarvis from Iron Man. It will be your doctor, your teacher, your chef and much more. Ultimately, A.I. will dematerialize and demonetize dramatically improving the quality of life for 8 billion people.
Not everything depicted in Science Fiction could be wrong, but when you think of the pros — they surely outweigh cons.
Still, imagining a era where A.I. takes over on a larger scale — It’s upto us how to get it blended. See if we got completely depended on them it could lead into a W.A.L.L.-E. like event, where mankind is extremely obese and always connected to others (Wait a second) or even dependent on machines for making every decisions.