From the presidential election debate last night, it doesn't seem like the world is ready for AI. Only one candidate addressed the consequences of technology and AI, while the other candidates were still talking about the past. Can we even accept the present and future of AI?
As scientific horizons widen, so do technological outlooks. But are we ready to be beaten by our creation which is Artificial Intelligence? Will we ever be able to accept something faster, stronger and smarter than us? Is the world ready to be beaten by the non-living?
What is Artificial Intelligence?
A machine learns on its own. For instance, if you are shown a caution sign once, you can identify practically any caution sign anywhere in the world. Similarly, artificial intelligence works the same way. Once you enter the basic data into their system, they keep improving their software by a feedback system until a point reaches where they start making unprecedented strategically decisions.
How Artificial Intelligence will make the world a different place?
For better or for worse, we can’t say for sure how the full impact of artificial intelligence would be on human life. In 2016, Artificial Intelligence named AlphaGo won against the human Go game grandmaster. AlphaZero is the new chess master after beating the world champion by using its human-generated parts and improving its mathematical errors in just a couple of hours, it was indisputable. It took 1500 years for humans to achieve this high cognition level that artificial intelligence achieved so rapidly. This indeed marks an important milestone in the tech world but did the human Go grandmaster celebrate Alpha Go’s victory? Quiet unlikely.
The world is still not sure about welcoming Artificial Intelligence to take over their victories, jobs, and homes. Most people see artificial as a threat to human existence. The reason being that simply robots work on manmade software, they teach themselves from the mistakes it makes corrects them by algorithmic theorems which may be and may not be ethically and morally correct.
If we start learning from our man-made artificial intelligence, we might be able to get smarter at calculations, estimations, might come up with even better environmental solutions but this won’t be concept based thinking. Artificial intelligence is unable to ponder, find the deeper meaning of life, it cannot reason outside the box. Feelings and emotions are something the human race craves. The artificial intelligence is devoid of reaching any level of consciousness shortly.
Another threat the world feels is the weapon harnessing artificial intelligence which will most probably cause the end of the human race. The problem is that robots don’t always interpret emotions right neither can it solve abstract problems. While artificial intelligence may save us from road traffic incidents by automatic safe driving cars, robotic surgeons save lives with better operation precisions, are we still ready for such perfection?
Not everyone in the world is good at heart and the world is really afraid of “evil scientists” of whom the world thinks might use for their malicious purposes. Also, once artificial intelligence starts making decisions for us that are greater than what we can figure out, they might start treating us an inferior race. But who knows when we will get there?