Humans stand unique amongst all the species, only for one reason – ‘Intelligence’; the power to think, understand, analyze and react accordingly to the situations and prepare for the future. Scientists, inventors, and even philosophers have spent a huge amount of time and resources on speculating about intelligence-where it came from and why we were the ones to develop it?
We have always tried to go beyond and finally, we have evolved around the term artificial intelligence. Often called machine learning, artificial intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence by machines. Artificial intelligence is built to learn or solve problems using knowledge, reasoning and even interacting with the objects. Siri, Cortona, Alexa all are powered by AI. Certainly, you can look at the progress.
PROGRESS OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
When we hear the term ‘artificial intelligence’ we have always associated it with future. But it is a concept that has existed for decades and humans has been developing it in all the possible phases and areas. There is a little question, is it the way we predicted? No, not really. The imaginations and predictions are pretty ludicrous. People have always imagined it like – flying cars, automated computers, super-humans and so on. This may be possible but we are not there. Yet when we look at the pace of development, we have achieved a lot so far - Intelligent computers, augmented reality, digital assistants and many more. How far will this go? What will happen in near future? We cannot predict this, yet give a thought. All this bring us to a question worth thinking about – is AI changing the lives of humans? Will the future of artificial intelligence be blank humans? How it impacts memory in humans?
THE FEAR OF AI
We all are well aware of the several uses of AI today still there are a lot of functions, AI performs that we aren’t entirely aware of. For quite a while, Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and many other brilliant minds in science and technology have been vocal via open letters about the fear risks posed by AI, joined by many leading AI researchers.
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking worries that advanced AI will take over the world and end the human race. “It would take off on its own, and redesign itself at an ever-increasing rate,” he told the BBC in 2014. “Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”
Elon Musk, the futurist CEO of ventures such as Tesla and SpaceX, echoes those sentiments, calling AI “...a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization,” at the 2017 National Governors Association Summer Meeting.
“The first generation [of AI] is just going to do what you tell them; however, by the third generation, then they will have their own agenda,” Shostak, the senior astronomer at SETI, said in an interview with Futurism. We all have read AI becoming smarter than humans in various ways – knowledge, work, leadership, reasoning – whatever you can think of. The things which were done by humans are all done by machines. If you have seen the famous animated movie – Wall E, you must have wondered about the addiction to machines, how AI has impacted the memory of living beings. The machines became smarter and manipulated the humans and made them completely blank. The film avengers also nicely depicted that - If robots become smarter than humans, his logic goes, the machines would be able to create unimaginable weapons and manipulate human leaders with ease.
When people interact more with the machines than other people, how does that shape their sense of the world and their interaction with it? A great example is one of the recent device Amazon Alexa – it does everything for you. From reciting you the recipe to finding you places to drink, eat, watch the movie to telling you what is happening all around the world. Let’s take for example if washing machine stops working at home – do you even think of washing clothes by yourself? The answer is no. Because we have become lazy. The version from semi-automatic to automatic machines have made us lazier. It is true that nowadays people are getting used to it – be it making a sandwich or asking it to turn ac on before they reach home. You can think of hundred situations where people are getting addicted to it. All these things made me realize are we turning into spoilt brats? What happens if we become blank human? Is artificial intelligence manipulating humans?
It is indeed remarkable that AI has and will continue to change our lives in remarkable ways. Not having to deal with maps and directions or spend a lot of time fiddling with data to find what we need is convenient, sure. We have seen how technology like social media can be powerful in changing human beliefs and behavior. At the same time, do you trust AI enough to give away all your personal information – like giving your debit or credit card details? Because AI has the potential to become more intelligent than any human, we have no sure-fire way of predicting how it will behave, the fear of all the great minds somewhere or other might come true.
Not everyone believes the rise of AI will be detrimental to humans; some are even convinced that the technology has the potential to make our lives better. Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates recently told the Wall Street Journal “The so-called control problem that Elon is worried about isn’t something that people should feel is imminent. We shouldn’t panic about it,” Directly or indirectly it is serving us every day in numerous ways. From virtual assistants to helping in making decisions to providing information to voice and facial recognition has played an integral role in our lives. What if the “powers that be” greatest fear is the emergence of a super AI that police’s and rationalizes the distribution of wealth and food. A friendly super AI that is programmed to help humanity by, enforcing the declaration of Human Rights (the US is the only industrialized country that to this day has not signed this declaration) ending corruption and racism and protecting the environment.
As we all know every coin has two faces similarly does AI. Predicting the future is not in hands of us. What I think is despite the numerous uses they are not completely reliable and cannot replace humans entirely. But somewhere or the other we have become dependent on it directly or indirectly. Artificial Intelligence is at the point where it can offer infinite opportunities to us hence AI’s presence will be much larger in our lives gradually. Things are going to change, but we don’t know what will they be for the better or for the worse.