AI Takeover #5

AI might be a useful tool but could it become a threat to us one day?

Artificial Intelligence as already started to emerge in all kinds of different forms. From an algorithm that shows you some adds of what you like on your internet browser to the medical assistant that helps doctors make some diagnosis on the health conditions of their patients. There is a lot of big tech companies that have launched their own versions of artificial intelligence like google with alpha go and Amazon with their Amazon Web Service (AWS), a set of machine learning to use computer programs. For the moment AI is in its embryonic stage. But even at this stage, it raises concerns. Elon Musk the founder of Tesla Motor and SpaceX warns the world about the dangers of AI. He even founded in 2016 a compagnie name Neuralink. The goal of this enterprise is to use an implant in your brain to enhance your intellectual capacities with a form of AI, to be able to keep up with future super artificial intelligence. He even said that the topic of AI was one that kept him awake at night, going as far as saying that AI could be as devastating as nuclear weapons. Another concerning event, was when Facebook’s AI research group (FAIR) developed a negotiation platform between two AIs named Alice and Bob. They where programed to talk to each other, but the team cut the experience short when they started communicating in their own secret language.

So would it be possible that one day the artificial intelligence we created for improving our life’s become a threat to us? I personally think that maybe one day that could happen. Think about it, we are developing AI and we are also doing a lot of advancements in the field of robotics. What if some AI would become self-aware and start its own self-development hidden somewhere in the dark web. Everything is connected to the internet it would be only a matter of time before it would start spreading it’s self everywhere. It could take control of whatever it would need. Maybe even coming to the conclusion that humankind is a threat to its existence and try to exterminate us like in the famous Hollywood film Terminator. Once it’s capable of controlling our factories from an unknown location who can tell what they will build.

One other thought that crosses my mind was, what if artificial intelligence was the next step of the evolution of life in the universe. What if whenever a specie becomes intelligent enough they start their own AI and the inevitable outcome is always an AI take over. Then artificial intelligence becomes a new specie that transcends its consciousness into machines that starts spreading in the universe.

I think that the threat of an AI takeover is not for today. But we should be vigilant and we should regulate the development of artificial intelligence to make sure that it has some limits and that it doesn’t get out of control.

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Steven Morrissette
Steven Morrissette

Steven Morrissette is the founder and major contributor to the online science fiction blog/journal Warp Speed Odyssey.


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4 thoughts on “AI Takeover #5

  1. AI has been so beneficial to our world, but I agree with Elon Musk. It could definitely go in a very bad direction for society.

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