Is Artificial Intelligence evil?
What is the first thing which comes to your mind when you think about Evil AI? I bet it’s Arnold Schwarzenegger’s terminator series but are we really that close to dare I say “Rise of the machines”. The answer is yes and no, AI is slowly getting into our daily lives. Form countless virtual assistants like Siri and Google voice to AI powered vacuum cleaners but will it get smarter than humans it’s hard to tell.
In October 2015, AlphaGo is the first computer program to defeat a professional human Go player, the first program to defeat a Go world champion, and arguably the strongest Go player in history. Go is considered much more difficult for computers to win than other games such as chess, because its much larger set of moves but why is this so significant? And what has gotten Elon Musk the billionaire co-founder of Tesla and OpenAI and Stephen Hawking the brilliant astrophysicist worried. Elon was quoted saying “We only have ‘a 5 to 10% chance’ of preventing killer robots from destroying humanity”. And Stephen says “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”
Even though it has been around for over 50 years AI was considered to be a dead field till the early nineties and the most it could do was to predict numbers using handwriting analysis but since change thanks to AI we enjoy convenient predictive texting, breakthrough advances in healthcare and hopefully soon self-driving cars.
We went from the first flight by the Wright brothers in 1903 to landing on moon in 1969 and that was just mechanical advancements. In computer science the speed of advancement is 10x faster. In conclusion the possibilities are endless in the field of AI and computer on its won’t become evil unless we program it to do so and I am cautiously optimistic about it.