Artificial intelligence has taken on a new meaning in 2017. A meaning that we should all be afraid of.
Robot citizens, self-driving vehicles, and an AI religion are just innovations at the top of a huge hi-tech iceberg.
Sooner than later we will find out how threatening artificial intelligence really will be.
Stephen Hawking even warned us that he is in fear of a complete replacement of humans by AI altogether.
He might be right. The more advanced AI technology gets the more of a threat it is to human intelligence.
Hawking compared AI to the development of a computer virus, he told Wired,
“IF PEOPLE DESIGN COMPUTER VIRUSES, SOMEONE WILL DESIGN AI THAT IMPROVES AND REPLICATES ITSELF. THIS WILL BE A NEW FORM OF LIFE THAT OUTPERFORMS HUMANS.”
Our generation’s genius, Elon Musk, also had a couple of words about AI. Like Stephen Hawking, he too fears the rapid advancement of the technology.
Three years ago, at MIT, he told his audience in a lecture that he thinks we are summoning a demon. He knows humans fear the unknown and the things they can’t control.
Looking at AI in the same light Musk thinks, implementing it into our human society could be the “biggest existential threat” to us.
In his biography, Musk expressed his concerns about Google founder Larry Page and his obsession with AI.
Musk is shook that something could be created with good intentions but still fuck up mankind. Like “a fleet of artificial intelligence-enhanced robots capable of destroying mankind.”
AI technology is already quite omnipresent. But, maybe we should stop here until we can grasp what the technology can really do.
Heeding to the warnings of the world’s top thinkers might not be such a bad idea. We’ve already seen AI in action at UN meetings, on space journeys, in Hollywood, in our bedrooms, and on social media.
That may be all the AI we need.