Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence or weak AI as it is referred to in today’s society is a field and area that is developing every day. I read an article that pitched the pros and the cons of why AI can be very good, but at the same time very dangerous. AI is a part of our everyday lives as max Tegmark, President of The Future of Life Institute. What most people do not know is that we carry an AI with us every day just about everywhere we go. That AI’s name is SIRI. We are currently at the point of self-driving cars, in order for a vehicle to be self-sustained; it must have an AI in place to handle to duties. AI’s can be a great and wonderful invention. These systems could potentially undergo self-improvement, triggering an intelligence explosion resulting in leaving human intelligence far behind. By inventing revolutionary new technologies, such as super intelligence, might help us eradicate the concept of war, help find the cure to diseases, and help end poverty and world hunger. The creation of a strong AI system may very well be one of the biggest stepping stones in human history. However, many believe that if we do not set the ground rules firm and clear with that of humans, than with the growth of the super intelligence could inevitable become our down fall. Many experts believe that there are two major possibilities in a belief that an AI system could become so advanced that it starts to cause harm instead of good. Some believe that an AI system may become so advanced that it begins to create something beneficial, but it develops a destructive method. For example if you ask a car with AI to take you to the airport as fast as possible, it very well may get you there, however you also would be chased by police, and doing outrageously dangerous speeds. The AI car is doing not only what you wanted it to do, but literally what you asked for it to do. Another; if an AI is programmed to do something devastating. For example dangerous weapons are artificial intelligence systems that are programmed to kill. In the hands of the wrong person, these weapons could easily cause mass casualties. In an AI arms race could inadvertently lead to an AI war that also results in mass casualties. To avoid being thwarted by the enemy, these weapons would be designed to be extremely difficult to simply “turn off,” so humans could plausibly lose control of such a situation. With this being said, it is very difficult to determine how an AI system could develop over time. On one hand you have an AI in your pocket that you use daily and can tell to search something in your phone, or turn the brightness down, on the other, there is a substantial possibility that the AI could turn and do something detrimental to civilization. I will leave you with this one last thought; can an AI control human(s) down the road? Think about it like this, intelligence enables control. We as humans can control animals by being smarter, having more intelligence.

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