3 Reasons Artificial Intelligence is Bad
1984’s Big Brother, Ex Machina‘s Ava, and Terminator. These serve as the cruel yet maybe real truths as to what the rise of AI could leave to. Beings smarter than ourselves, who learn to dominate the human species, create their own AI robots, and have all-powerful control over our world. Or beings powerful enough to kill us all. Whatever the doomsday message is, the development of AI may be humans playing with fire – technology too powerful for us to handle.
Many said that the Cold War, a standoff competition between capitalism (US) and communism (USSR) would be the cause of World War 3. The Cold War was one of the scariest times for people living throughout the last half of the 20th century. With the buildup of Nuclear Weapons technology, people could expect a giant boom at any time.
But unlike the Cold War, the buildup of Artificial Intelligence will be much different. Countries are aware that the whole planet would likely be blown to pieces in the event of a nuclear missive being fired. But governments aren’t going to be as cautious on using AI against each other. AI isn’t as costly to develop as a nuke, and governments can get them from their own companies relatively easily if needed. Hacking into foreign enemies, creating even more dangerous weapons, and competing for the best AI systems may very well start the next World War.
Many jobs would be taken away. Low-skill workers would be left unemployed, helpless, and turn to rioting and rebelling against the rich who have made it in life by developing AI (or using our Stock Prediction algorithms!).
Again we see another doomsday dead-end that comes from AI.
3. Big Brother
As warned in the first paragraph, an all-intelligent AI system would become our God. It would be better at everything than us, whether that be diagnosing cancer or creating its own hardware to better itself. If we let AI roam to free, it can learn for itself – that’s the basic principle of Deep Learning, in which computers observe real life in order to learn relationships, classes of objects, etc.
Whatever it may be, Artificial Intelligence is going to heavily disrupt our society. Will we be ready for it? Who knows.