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Only days after the war of words took place between tech giants Elon Musk & Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook had to shut down one of its A.I systems which presumably had invented its own language. And while news started popping up immediately yesterday of a doomsday scenario, reality is far from it. What happened actually is that the chatbots simply came up with a short hand in order to have better communication on their ball trading process. Yes, you heard it right! Balls. That's apparently one of the items they were discussing other than the petty books & hats. So all of us who jumped onto the Skynet wagon will have to wait a bit longer. It would be wise however to weigh in on the future of Artificial Intelligence and its apparent impact on human lives. In the present age though, true A.I is still a fool's dream and decades away.
Immediate Impacts of Artificial Intelligence:
So it may seem that the world, at least for now is safe from a Robotic Army. The real question that arises though is how to tackle the issues that Artificial Intelligence actually has created. This isn't the first time we have discussed the topic here, with our previous posts having already thrown light on the issue. And as the link shared at the end of the previous paragraph explains, the REAL ISSUES are related to robots invading our workspace, rather than our planet. Ofcourse that's also an aspect of the whole scenario that we have already discussed with references to some of the solutions provided by Bill Gates.
Long Term Outcomes:
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Every advent into new realms of technology is going to have its opponents and proponents. And Mark Zuckerberg being in staunch favor of A.I explained in his live video some of the ways this new tech could impact human lives for the better.
But such leaps of Machine Intelligence obviously are going to have their downsides as well. One such concern was raised by Professor Stephen Hawkings. His worry relates to the speed with which humanity is evolving compared to the evolution of A.I. The Physics professor duly noted that Artificial Intelligence could evolve at a faster rate than us humans. His words meanwhile regarding the basic issues with human thinking of greed and stupidity could very well be used as the cornerstone for the argument. In 2010, the professor argued that the biggest dangers to mankind were stupidity & greed. And his words in 2016 when he said "We certainly have not become less greedy or less stupid" paint a clear picture. Infact if one analyzes the impact of technology on human lives, the whole concept is pretty much self explanatory.
Impact of A.I on Human Intelligence:
Before we had Google Translate, apparently another A.I system that ended up building its own language, we humans had to learn languages. There was no alternative to it. But such developments have now freed us of such difficult tasks. Another simple yet overlooked aspect is that of Google Maps. The simple task of remembering routes that was once considered a duty of Human Intelligence is now a work for Artificial Intelligence instead. In this sense, it would not be wrong to say that we humans have dumbed down on a larger scale. And if the rate of evolution is thrown into the equation, one can certainly see how fast technology has evolved even in the last 17 years (this century) and how slow we humans have been in comparison.
Yet with all that being said and done, truly A.I as noted above is a far fetched dream. It would certainly be beneficial for the future of Artificial Intelligence and humanity however to always have a humane final say when it comes to building automated programs. And if we humans are as smart as we assume ourselves to be, then it would do us a world of good not to deploy any A.I programs on our Nuclear Installations or Advanced Defence systems. Because if anything goes wrong in that situation, the onus of blame will be on Human Intelligence, not the Artificial one. Would such an act make us the less intelligent race therefore?? Here's to hoping we never find out.