Will A.I. Rule the World?
One of the biggest problems we face as a species is how advanced artificial intelligence (A.I.) is going to interact and integrate with our society.
There is certainly a widespread fear and concern among people that A.I. could eventually become so advanced that it could potentially wipe-out the human race. Yeah, that would suck.
Even theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking thinks A.I. "could spell the end of the human race."
And that doesn't necessarily mean a full-on war between A.I. and humans will happen like various movies and TV shows depict - although that is certainly possible. The underlying problem is that an advanced artificial intelligence would possess greater-than-human capabilities - which poses many risks, especially when we don't fully understand how AI works.
Let's get into more detail.
1. We need Artificial Intelligence.
This comes to no surprise since a vast majority of people would feel lost if they left their cell phones at home.
Humans have been growing more dependent on technology and a main reason for that is speed. We want everything to be faster - whether it be communication, transportation, payments, vehicles, shipping, shopping, etc. Time is arguably our most valuable asset, and anything that is designed to make something take less time is sure to be a money-making machine.
This is also why society as a whole has shifted more towards instant gratification. You want a ride? Touch a button. You want a TV? Pay a little more money, it'll be on your porch tomorrow.
Artificial intelligence can solve a ton of problems in various industries. However, it also creates problems just like everything else.
The biggest problem with A.I. itself is the lack of human element. That's also what sets us apart, because certain jobs require the human element.
2. It must be widely available and regulated.
This is my biggest concern. A.I. could be very dangerous if it were only available to a small group of people - or if it got into the wrong hands. It needs to be widely available because owning A.I. would give someone a huge advantage over someone who doesn't.
During an interview at the AeroAstro Centennial Symposium, Elon Musk stated:
“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful,” said Musk. “I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish.”
Musk also went on to say that "with artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like – yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon. Doesn’t work out."
Artificial intelligence must also be properly regulated. Since it can be considered a public risk, you can't just allow anybody to make it and sell it. This is one of the reasons why regulations are put in place for industries like aircraft, cars, drugs/medicine, and weaponry.
Imagine if these industries were a free-for-all? Yikes.
3. The Power of A.I.
I came across this interesting article by Nick Bostrom regarding the ethical issues of artificial intelligence.
You can read it here.
Nick Bostrom makes an interesting point where he states that "superintelligence may be the last invention humans ever need to make."
Since A.I. could presumably possess a level of intelligence that is much greater than any human could ever have, then it may be able to solve the world's most pressing issues.
At that point, you can think of A.I. as a magic 8 ball. Why ask a human for the answer when you can ask an A.I. with superior-intellect and instantaneous capabilities?
What are you thoughts? Leave a comment below!