Artificial Intelligence - A Future Menace to Mankind?

With the increasing evolution of #computers and machines, #artificialIntelligence is leaving the #science-fiction realm and entering step-by-step into our daily lives. So much so, that there are experts like #Stephen Hawking and #Elon Musk who warn us about the threats this type of #technology can pose to our very own survival!

According to Stephen Hawking, “In the near term, world militaries are considering autonomous-weapon systems that can choose and eliminate targets; the UN and Human Rights Watch have advocated a treaty banning such weapons. In the medium term, as emphasised by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee in The Second Machine Age, AI may transform our economy to bring both great wealth and great dislocation; One can imagine such technology outsmarting financial markets, out-inventing human researchers, out-manipulating human leaders, and developing weapons we cannot even understand. Whereas the short-term impact of AI depends on who controls it, the long-term impact depends on whether it can be controlled at all.”

Elon Musk has also stated his concerns about #AI: “We should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something really foolish. With artificial intelligence, we are summoning the demon.”

We should bear in mind that these renowned experts are not the sensationalist type, and their concerns should really make all of us think about what we really want from AI - replacing us from disliked everyday tasks or be a military force that can eventually overpower us!

Never in our history was a military prowess taken so lightly. Most of the people working on this industry appear to be so dazzled by the benefits and profit that this technology can bring, that I'm glad there are those who can see behind the curtains and speak so forthrightly about the issues that should care the most.

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