Experts say the rise of artificial intelligence will make most people better off over the next decade, but others have concerns about how advances in AI will affect what it means to be human and to exercise free will.
Numerous predictions spell doom for the human race, with the emergence of Artificial intelligence. Though AI has many benefits and improves on human capacities, there is a fear that looms, and the fear is that AI will soon outsmart human intelligence making it a formidable force. The reason AI is such a concern is that Artificial Intelligence will have a low error rate compared to humans if coded properly. They would have incredible precision, accuracy, and speed. They won’t be affected by hostile environments, thus able to complete dangerous tasks, explore in space, and endure problems that would injure or kill us.
Despite the negative connotations, AI technology is so important because it enables human capabilities – understanding, reasoning, planning, communication and perception – to be undertaken by software increasingly effectively, efficiently and at low cost. So Clearly, Artificial Intelligence is meant primarily to do us good than bad.
However, experts have warned that Humans risk being overtaken by AI in the next few years. The late Professor Stephen hawkings gave a warning about AI saying that efforts to create thinking machines pose a threat to our very existence, and now Elon Musk, The world’s renowned scientific entrepreneur has also mentioned how AI could pose huge threats to human existence if not treated with caution.
The prediction marks a significant revision of previous estimations of the so-called technological singularity when machine intelligence surpasses human intelligence and accelerates at an incomprehensible rate.
The billionaire engineer, who also helped found the artificial intelligence research lab OpenAI in 2015, has consistently warned of the existential threat posed by advanced artificial intelligence in recent years. Despite this, he said he still feels that the issue is not properly understood. In an interview with the New York Times, he said “ My assessment about why AI is overlooked by very smart people is that very smart people do not think a computer can ever be as smart as they are. And this is hubris and obviously false,” he said.
“We’re headed toward a situation where AI is vastly smarter than humans and I think that time frame is less than five years from now. But that doesn’t mean that everything goes to hell in five years. It just means that things get unstable or weird.”
The spectre of superintelligent machines doing us harm is not just science fiction, technologists say – so how can we ensure AI remains ‘friendly’ to its makers? Jaan Tallinn, a co-founder of Skype, who cashed in his shares, after e-bay bought Skype has also shed light on the AI matter. In 2012, Tallinn cofounded the Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) with an initial outlay of close to $200,000. Existential risks are threats to humanity’s survival.
According to Tallinn on the threat of Superintelligence, he stated that advanced AI can dispose of us as swiftly as humans chop down trees. Superintelligence is to us what we are to gorillas. But what if the AI does not have a physical body? What harm can it possibly do? Tallinn’s answer: “Put me in a basement with an internet connection, and I could do a lot of damage,”