I was told the other day that I had not addressing the last and perhaps the most important issue concerning the effects of Technology that the human race will ever faced. The dire warnings that machines run by Artificial Intelligence will one day take over from humans.
What better day to post my views an diamond eclipse. The last time it happened was in 1935 and the next time is 2206.
Now don’t get me wrong I like being human! I want humans to retain autonomy over machines! Judgments of virtue are judgments of a whole life rather than of one isolated action. The development of moral character may take a whole lifetime. But once it is firmly established, one will act consistently, predictably and appropriately in a variety of situations.
However we will need a new set of practices for value creation; where data slaves dare to stand up and call for a revolution … But it will be very difficult to turn back the wheel that has already been set in motion several decades ago.
What is artificial intelligence and what is the media talking about? What ever it is it is a long way off before Machines turn on us never mind emulating human behavior to the point of mimicking communication.
Are these technologies beneficial to our society or mere novelties among business and marketing professionals?
Medical facilities, police departments, and manufacturing plants have all been changed by AI but how?
So far this bond has been one-sided because the ability to generate, recognize and express emotions are a unique prerogative of living human beings, but if this intelligence or abstract attribute could be taught to machines, it would re-conceptualize the perception of machines.
So in this post should I focus on the truly remarkable achievements of the technology or dwell on the dangers of what could happen if machines reach a level of Sentient AI, in which self-aware machines reach human level intelligence.
Let’s start with present day. Do you believe that if all computers are stopped for a day, complete civilization comes to a halt!
Fifty years ago, this might have been a science fiction, but today it is a reality.
We cannot predict because of the great potential of AI what we might achieve when this intelligence is magnified by the tools AI (may provide) however the eradication of disease and poverty are not unfathomable.
So it is valuable to investigate how to reap its benefits while avoiding potential pitfalls.
The potential benefits are huge, since everything that civilization has to offer is a product of human intelligence.
Presently, applications in advanced robotic appeared so real that one can believe a humanoid robot will be capable to interact or work side by side with people in a near future.
If so are we ready for the bio mechanical future revolution. ( Or as I would call it synthetic intelligence implants, because it is not natural intelligence.)
For the sake of the length of this post I will stick with AI.
This questions; Will AI be a reality and many others are and should be the concern of the general public.
A time will soon come (brought about by the lack of education concerning rapidly advancing computer technology) when this question will need to be answered. On the ethical use of such technology and its impact on intimate human relationships and society.
When is the best time to discuss the ethical uses of these technologies? NOW.
If robots are ready to plug safely into society the question is no longer a questions for future generations to sort through, it must be decided, and soon.
As technology rapidly improves, it is inevitable that it should begin to take on elements of its creator and believe me there are many routes that Artificial intelligence can go.
Its impact on society is only likely to increase.
For instance: Once we begin to mesh technology more closely with ourselves as humans we can begin to accept it as a part of ourselves and as a part of our society. Some say it could be curtain for Society.
As I have said in previous posts Technology is transforming our social, economic, and political institutions; our understanding of what it means to be human; and the distribution of power in the world.
The threat of AI equipped computer systems and machinery taking jobs away from humans is becoming a harsh reality. When and in what order should we expect various jobs to become automated ?
How will this affect the wages of less skilled workers, creatives, and different kinds of information workers? Some have argued that AI is likely to greatly increase the overall wealth of humanity as a whole. This is a total misconception as the rich will own the Data. Increased automation may push income distribution further towards a power law and the resulting disparity may fall disproportionately along lines of race, class, and gender.
Research anticipating the economic and societal impact of such disparity could be useful to start asking the questions.
How should the ability of AI systems to interpret the data obtained from surveillance cameras, phone lines, emails, etc., interact with the right to privacy?
How will privacy risks interact with cyber security and cyber warfare?
We already have drones and it will not be long before we have a weapon that does everything on its own without human help. These weapons will be a threat to civilians? Can lethal autonomous weapons be made to comply with humanitarian law. No.
Sophisticated remote-controlled military robots are already in use with no tractability, that fire a weapon to AI algorithms is that not something to fear. We are programming them. If that’s not scary enough put a nuclear war head on one.
Smart weapons raises many questions on the price paid to develop these weapons; money which could be used to solve most of the world’s social problems such as poverty, hunger, etc.
Of course none of this is going to change anything as we are incapable of making war against Poverty or Inequality. Why? Because human intelligence can be viewed as being as diverse as its population. However this type of analysis of Intelligence leads us to the individual and becomes useless.
Over the last decade, electronic tiny minuscule signals have fundamentally revolutionized the way we live. People are spending more hours per day with machines than humans and in the future, computers will evolve quicker than the human race.
Sorry I am diversifying. Back to AI
An amazing a human-machine relationship is developing.
Fortuitously for us so far the possession of knowledge alone does not make a being or machine intelligent.
This is the problem when it comes to computer scientists and engineers understanding just how their work affects humans and human values.
So what role should computer scientists play in the law and ethics of AI development and use? None. They are focus on getting software products to market, regardless of whether they instantiated interesting principles of intelligent systems that could also illuminate the human mind.
How should lawyers, ethicists, and policymakers engage the public on these issues? Should such trade-offs be the subject of national standards?
Significant parts of the economy, including finance, insurance, actuarial, and many consumer markets, are already susceptible to disruption through the use of AI techniques to learn, model, and predict agent actions. These markets are identified by a combination of high complexity and high rewards for navigating that complexity. Artificial intelligence techniques can be applied to financial investing, especially in the areas of credit risk assessment and stock valuation.
In the future, we can expect that the techniques of artificial intelligence will be integrated into systems that simultaneously address investing activities.
The successes of industrial applications of AI, from manufacturing to information services, demonstrate a growing impact on the economy, although there is disagreement about the exact nature of this impact and on how to distinguish between the effects of AI and those of other information technologies.
Many economists and computer scientists agree that there is valuable research to be done on how to maximize the economic benefits of AI while mitigating adverse effects, which could include increased inequality and unemployment.
All that said; Artificial intelligence certainly has a place in the future of humanity.
The danger of machines taking over too much of human interaction and work, the human mind, is to far-fetched to my thinking.
There is no doubt that computers are being embedded in all of our life accessories like mobiles,watches, cars, even our bodies and brains.
These subsets of AI, such as data mining, neural networks, speech recognition and lip-reading, behavior recognition, and face recognition, to name a few, are becoming increasingly powerful—and indispensable—to human organizations.
The question of whether a human brain is necessary for thinking remains in Science Fiction Hollywood.
No one has agreed on a concrete definition of artificial intelligence, largely because there is insignificant understanding as to what comprises intelligence.
Professor Jefferson’s Lister Oration for 1949, from which I quote sums up the problem for me.
“Not until a machine can write a sonnet or compose a concerto because of thoughts and emotions felt, and not by the chance fall of symbols, could we agree that machine equals brain-that is, not only write it but know that it had written it. No mechanism could feel (and not merely artificially signal, an easy contrivance) pleasure at its successes, grief when its valves fuse, be warmed by flattery, be made miserable by its mistakes, be charmed by sex, be angry or depressed when it cannot get what it wants.
Or a machine which is under interrogation”What do you think of Picasso?” Be kind, resourceful, beautiful, friendly, have initiative, have a sense of humor, tell right from wrong, make mistakes, fall in love, enjoy strawberries and cream, make some one fall in love with it, learn from experience, use words properly, be the subject of its own thought, have as much diversity of behavior as a man, do something really new.
AI will remain valuable regardless of whether we’re able to build fully- functioning robots or human-esque brains.
AI, the harnessing of intelligence on the computer, will turn complex thought processes into fast computer simulations; it will be used to analyze past events and predict the future.
The ability of these systems to explain the reasoning process through back-traces and to handle levels of confidence and uncertainty provides an additional feature that conventional programming can’t handle.
Intelligence is defined as the ability to achieve goals through computational process. Although intelligence is only studied in humans, is it possible that machines may be more “intelligent” than those who created the machines in the first place?
Will computers reach human intelligence someday. They have already surpassed our calculation abilities and our speed of processing information.
There is no indication that microchip speed will not be multiplied in the future.
As with every innovative technology there are positive and negative externalities involved.
The Intelligent Robot- Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Mankind?
No. This dream will remain elusive until machines attain the basic human virtue of common sense.
Our ability to take full advantage of the synergy between AI and big data will depend in part on our ability to manage and preserve privacy.
How we can ensure humans will be able to control AI once it achieves human-level intelligence? I would prefer humans maintain autonomy over technologies that could achieve sentience.
It is tempting to wonder what would happen if we spent more time focusing on helping each other directly, versus relying on machines to essentially grow brains for us.
We need to develop a science for understanding advanced Artificial Intelligence before we develop it further.
It’s just common sense. Intelligent machines won’t love you any more than your toaster does. Giving people a device that enhances intelligence may not be a terrific idea. What happens when a machine breaks the law?
Our AI systems must do what we want them to do. We ourselves don’t reason with precise truths. We don’t yet know really what consciousness is, what drives consciousness?
Why do we attend to only a portion of what we see and hear? It is obvious that given an event, observed by many, we each perceive it differently, and we take in differently. Do we each have individual filters that have to do with our own stories? Probably. But I think pondering this goes deeper. Is consciousness itself, somehow, directed? God forbid a machine is directing it.
John Cleese, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Describes AI
Being human, has to have a component of humanity to it. The nature of the mind and of memory, and how intelligence can be manifested in physical form is a joke when it comes to a Machine.
For the robots or technology that may surpass our intelligence in the near future, observe my fleshy middle-digit and hear me cry: “I wave my private parts at your Auntie! Your mother was a hamster and your father smells of elderberry!” —
Tell me how do you model thought? Give me a machine that can read a simple children’s book, understand what the story is about, and explain it in its own words or ask reasonable questions about it.
That is it. I have tried artificial intelligence and I don’t like it.
Artificial Intelligence Technology is learning by itself. The claim that a machine cannot be the subject of its own thought can of course only be answered if it can be shown that the machine has some thought with some subject matter.
Where is this technology going to be? No one knows for sure, what we can only say for certainty is that this Artificial intelligence, and Machine Learning will transform all software and hardware, all industries and businesses. Roads, bridges, Cars, Homes, will be connected to it.
While today we do not possess the technology to achieve a truly sentient machine we cannot because of that speculate too deeply as to the results of such an achievement.
Only if intelligence ceases to be a sacred mystery to us, and we can control our destructive nature should any of us accept an Apple from the Adam of AI.
One thing is for sure; We will sure need some kind of global governance in the interest of the individual.
We are just in the beginning in terms of where these technologies will take us. Mars and back.