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Would AI be a threat to human existence in the future?

Written by Yomi Ashiru

26 Jul, 2017

While some are concerned over the prospect of Artificial Intelligence, some people do believe AI is going to bring uncountable improvements to the lives of humans. Elon Musk is among those concerned of the long-term prospects of AI, envisioning that, as computers get smarter than humans, they will hold our very existence in their hands, and we may not like what they decide to do with that power. He has been disapproving of this long term prospect, he argues it is a threat and calls on the government to regulate it. On the other side of the spectrum Mark Zuckerberg, certainly is much more pro-AI.  In a recent Facebook Live post, Zuckerberg said he was “really optimistic” about AI and that it would deliver innumerable improvements to our lives over the next 5-10 years. He called naysayers like Musk “irresponsible” for speculating about “doomsday scenarios.” WhileElon Musk fired back with a CEO-caliber burn.

How feasible can this projection be? To be candid and practical, it is evident that this dream is closer than anticipated, discarding the thoughts of some that it is unattainable. Today’s existence is about data: in a world where every device you own connects to the internet, there’s a good chance that’s the future. Monitoring all the interactions of a person with physical systems, like a house, is a new type of dataset, sometimes called the “physical graph”. Analyzing a person’s or a family’s physical graph — and crunching that data in aggregate — makes the utopian Mark Zuckerberg achievable.

The effect of networked computers to monitor and predict human behavior is also an incredible achievement, and it’s only going to get better.

In midst of this buzz and clash, it is important to also pay attention to Musk’s warning. His argument that government should concentrate effort on the regulation is also essential because companies without proper oversight risk turning entire industries completely autonomous, leaving millions jobless. In his words, “AI’s a rare case where we need to be proactive in regulation, instead of reactive. Because by the time we are reactive with AI regulation, it’s too late,” adding: “AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization, in a way that car accidents, airplane crashes, faulty drugs, or bad food were not.”

So would the birth of AI deliver innumerable advantages over the concerns of Musk? Please feel free to leave your comment.

 

 

 

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