( A ten minute read)
BEFORE WE: Hand over our lives and jobs to robots, we ought to pause and think about the kind of intelligences we are creating.
Every day countless headlines emerge from myriad sources across the globe, both warning of dire consequences and promising utopian futures – all thanks to artificial intelligence.
We don’t really understand what interacting with AI will be like – or what it should be like.
How we ought to think about, approach and interact with artificial intelligence
How we can properly conceive of their limitations, even as we celebrate AI’s new possibilities.
Technologists often try to explain AI in terms of how it is built. Take, for instance, advancements made in deep learning. This is a technique that uses multi-layered networks to learn how to do a task. The networks need to process vast amounts of information. But because of the volume of the data they require, the complexity of the associations and algorithms in the networks, it is often unclear to humans how they learn what they do.
AI researchers are working on teaching computers to reason, perceive, plan, move and make associations. AI can see patterns in large data sets, predict the likelihood of an event occurring, plan a route, manage a person’s meeting schedule and even play war-game scenarios.
A benevolent super intelligence might analyze the human genetic code at great speed and unlock the secret to eternal youth. At the very least, it might know how to fix your back.
By the time a machine develops the ability to speak and think it will be too late.
When a computer became capable of independently devising ways to achieve goals, it would very likely be capable of introspection—and thus able to modify its software and make itself more intelligent.
In short order, such a computer would be able to design its own hardware.
Such machines would have the insight and patience (measured in picoseconds) to solve the outstanding problems of nanotechnology and spaceflight; they would improve the human condition and let us upload our consciousness into an immortal digital form.
BUT PRESENT DAY REALITY IS:
The company that controls A.I. could and will steer the tech industry for years to come and at the moment 60 percent of applications run on the platform software of four companies — Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft.
Because Google, Facebook, and other companies are actively looking to create an intelligent, “learning” machine, it just seems daft that we all turn a blind eye to aligning computers and AI with human needs and not profit.
How, then, do we program values into our (potential) super intelligences? What sort of mathematics can define them?
AI might show us the way to Mars, and since humans will never fully agree on anything, we’ll sometimes need it to decide for us—to make the best decisions for humanity as a whole.
This will be impossible if we don’t vet all Technology.
After all, if we develop an artificial intelligence that doesn’t share the best human values, it will mean we weren’t smart enough to control our own creations.
Our AI systems must do what we want them to do and if not,does that created them in the first place must be held responsible.
A platform, in technology, is essentially a piece of software that other companies build on and that consumers cannot do without. Become the platform and huge profits will follow. Microsoft dominated personal computers because its Windows software became the center of the consumer software world. Google has come to dominate the Internet through its ubiquitous search bar. It wants to capture all human knowledge and then to make us pay for it.
It’s early days, but the long-term goal is to have hundreds of millions of people useing platforms is already happening.
Microsoft offers 18 machine learning services, including face recognition, text analysis and product recommendations.
Google is opening its A.I. technology to outsiders, seeking to attract developers.
Facebook’s image-recognition software was now used to select what pictures or videos to show in a user’s news feed, based on a person’s friend network and interests.
Today, only about 1 percent of all software apps have A.I. features.
The next million+ years of human lives are all quietly looking at us, hoping as hard as they can hope that we don’t mess this up. We have a chance to be the humans that gave all future humans the gift of life, and maybe even the gift of painless, everlasting life. If we manage to get there, we’ll be impervious to extinction forever—we’ll have conquered mortality and conquered chance.
I want is for us to take our time and be incredibly cautious about AI.
Nothing in existence is as important as getting this right—no matter how long we need to spend in order to do so.
WE NEED TO ESTABLISH A INDEPENDENT NEW WORLD ORGANISATION: TO VET VERIFY AND APPROVE ALL TECHNOLOGY AGAINST WHAT MAKES US HUMAN.
The first ASI we birth will also probably be the last.
All intelligent comments appreciated all AI like clicks chucked in the bin.