Will Artificial Intelligence Destroy Humanity?

Will Artificial Intelligence Destroy Humanity?

An old Chinese proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” This is the thinking of very smart people when it involves doing something about protecting humanity from the possible dangers of AI (AI). Sure, it'd be 20, 50 or maybe 100 years before AI becomes more intelligent than humans, posing an existential problem for today’s sapiens. Many luminaries like Elon Musk, Gates and therefore the late Hawking have warned that failing to organize for this eventuality will guarantee our demise in some decades to return.

Perhaps we will start by noting that advances in AI won't stop. That genie is out of the bottle. Billion-dollar AI organizations are now being made within the proverbial “garage” throughout the planet. For those folks who grew up watching The Jetsons, their flying cars, and Rosy the cleaning robot, AI is simply a fulfillment of the promise science and technology made to us a few years ago. Like all other tools, AI is going to be used permanently and for bad, except that at one point these machine-based minds will become self-aware and choose for themselves what to try to – good and bad. AI progress is currently moving at exponential speed. To place this in perspective, my old high school teacher would tell the story of the king who was so thankful to a player who saved his daughter he promised anything. The player asked for one grain of rice on the primary square; two grains on a subsequent square and double one then. Thus, he had one, two, four, eight and sixteen within the first five squares respectively. What percentage of grains of rice would the king need to give the man? The solution is eighteen, 446,744,073,709,551,615 (about 41,168,602,000 metric tons – that's a stockpile of rice bigger than Mt. Everest! Yes, AI is operating at the speed of Moore’s Law, doubling in power and magnitude every 18 months. Currently, AI can perform better than humans like face recognition, fly planes, play chess, identify carcinoma in X rays, etc.

Yes, I admit that in American culture we tend to fear and vilify the AI while in other cultures, like Japan, the AI is that the hero who saves humanity. 

Perhaps these cultural differences are the results of animism, “Frankensteinism”, and therefore the Biblical injunction against creating life. 

Yet the very fact remains that AI systems are progressing in no time because they're learning to find out and doing such a lot faster than humans can ever learn.

Humans learning speed doesn't double every 18 months; the speed has been very flat for the past 150,000 years. Nowadays, programmers themselves don't understand how the foremost advanced algorithms do what they are doing. Every day, AI becomes better than humans do at doing all types of tasks.

The danger with AI isn't that at some point they're going to awaken and choose we are not any different from a worldwide cockroach infestation and choose to spray us with a pirate flag. 

The prompt danger is that AI is studying from historical data also as from watching how things are done. AI, therefore, is learning racism, biases, and everyone those negative attributes that are so particular to the human condition.

Another major weakness we humans have is we anthropomorphize anything that shows the foremost basic illusion of the mind. For instance, some people that return their Roomba vacuum robot for service emphatically request that an equivalent machine be returned because they need to be grown emotionally attached thereto. They see personality and patterns of behavior that simply don't exist. On top of that, we tend to be gullible. Most people’s ideas about AI come from TV and films where an AI just cannot tell a lie. Why wouldn’t an AI lie if it promoted their specific purpose and know-how gullible we are?

Philosophers and authors have pondered about ways of saving humans from AI. For instance, Asimov’s attempted with the subsequent 3 rules: 1) A robot might not injure a person's being or, through inaction, allow a person's being to return to harm. 2) A robot must carry out orders given by democracy except where such orders would dispute with the primary Law. 3) A robot must preserve its existence as long as essentially protection doesn't conflict with the primary or Second Law. Volumes are often written on why these rules are rather nonsensical. For instance, the primary Law has got to be violated by a Reaper drone with a Hellfire missile and by a machine gun mounted MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System) since their goal is to kill humans.

In today’s age of populism and anti-intellectual movements, where “my Google search and opinion are even as good and valid as your Ph.D.”, we actually should take seriously Elon Musk when he says that this issue keeps him up in the dark. Recently he said, I'm quite close, very on the brink of the leading edge in AI. It scares the hell out of me. It's capable of vastly quite almost anyone on Earth, and therefore the rate of improvement is exponential.

Several experts at Google’s DeepMind have echoed this AI concern, and similarly, echoed by the longer term of Humanity Institute, a multidisciplinary research group at the University of Oxford. they're combining mathematics, philosophy, and science to stop AI from learning to prevent, or seeking to stop, humans from taking control of AI.

Perhaps we are at an inflection point in Earth’s evolutionary history where we, the humans, will soon become the Neanderthal and our extinction will just help accelerate the inevitable progress of those new AI life forms. Maybe soon it'll be time to offer it up and let a superior AI life take over the earth. We will only hope that those superior intelligence beings treat us better than how we've historically treated less intelligent life forms.

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