Is Artificial Intelligence A Danger?
Movies like “The Terminator” and “A.I.” have expressed grave doubts about the safety and reliability of true artificial intelligence. In fact, some more modern movies, like “Ex Machina,” have argued that creating true artificial intelligence will create a new species, one that may actually be superior to its creator. Are these fears well-founded or just a form of xenophobia?
Right now, it’s unlikely that man could ever make a machine smarter than themselves. After all, the old saying states that “a machine is only as smart as its maker.” Anyone dealing with the sporadic and unpredictable nature of computers knows the truth behind that comment.
Any form of artificial intelligence would be plagued by the insecurities and faults of its maker and programmer. Just think of a highly intelligent, yet emotionally unstable, programmer creating true artificial intelligence routines. Wouldn’t his understanding of behavior and consciousness infect his programming and decrease its effectiveness?
In fact, few people realize that they are dealing with forms of artificial intelligence every day. Facebook’s advertising algorithms are incredibly complex and capable of fine-tuning your feed to your personal interests. And automated phone systems are capable of pointing you towards the proper person.
Many people, including SriSatish Ambati of machine-learning startup H2O.ai, believe that artificial intelligence could free mankind to focus on emotional concerns and help them gain a sense of personal stability and drive. They argue it will take our hands out of the “machine” world and let us regain our humanity.
While that is definitely an intriguing promise, it’s hard to predict what will happen when a truly self-aware artificial reality is activated. Will it help us achieve a reality beyond our wildest dreams? Or will it declare war on humanity?