Artificial Intelligence: What Should Worry Us?

by October 10, 2019

Artificial Intelligence nowadays is no longer science fiction material. Since the advancements in technology progress, AI has broken all the boundaries where people were just thinking about it. Computers can already beat us at many tasks right now and outperform humans in certain skills, such as calculating something. Still, humans learn faster than machines.

However, there is a fear rising about AI. Many people concerned job losses after the coming of intelligent machines. It’s a fact that AI can perform everything better than a human can, but then a human effort is pointless and people will become valueless. And with the emergence of this disruptive tech, human beings seem to be vulnerable, occupying a more primitive stage of evolution.


Fears of Artificial Intelligence 

According to Stephen Hawking who stated in his statement that “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” Even, Elon Musk said that “It is our biggest existential threat. But such fears are based on some common misconceptions many people have about AI, and about the threats, it poses.”

The major fact of fear is that today humans are giving machines the ability to act in the real world. At present, people are exploring with self-driving vehicles that are not very smart, but also, we are already enabling them to make life or death decisions on the roads. However, there is a need to make ourselves smarter. The smarter we make autonomous cars, the safer they will be.

Researches in AI today are also making immense strides toward its long-term goal of human-level or superhuman intelligent machines and humanoids. Even the effort is getting succeeded in some way as last year, for example, Saudi Arabia awarded citizenship to a robot named Sophia, who went on stage and reportedly said, “Thank you.”

In one another instance, Google’s AlphaGo program beat Lee Sedol, the world champion at the ancient Chinese game of Go, earlier this year. Afterward, Go masters said computers would never beat humans at this Mount Everest of board games. However, Lee Sedol lost 4-1 to the machine.

But some experts said there is no chance that AlphaGo will decide tomorrow and say humans are no good at Go, and to make some money instead at online poker. It’s not going to take over the planet, as some people would have you believe. It is not going to perform anything other than play Go. Even getting AlphaGo to play chess would take years of effort, they added.

Artificial Intelligence is not quite the threat humans made out to be. For example, the computer’s victory in poker. But the computer did not win the game because it had more intuition. It won because of a strategy called game theory optimal (GTO). According to the report, the computer simply gauged the optimal frequency for raising, betting, and folding using special equations, independent of whatever cards the other players held. People call it intelligence, but it was not intelligence as humans traditionally understand it.

In a nutshell, AI or machines are not quite the threat that we think today. Whatever we feed into the machines and what they learn from human beings, they behave like that. According to an article by Ronald W. Dworkin, a physician, and political scientist, AI is a collection of passive silicon and metal. It does not speak. It has no mind. Like an ocean wave, it forms part of an ordered sequence of passive realities moved by an agency not its own.