AI is already beyond our understanding
I agree that AI developments should be evaluated carefully and impact studied, policies enacted.
The job lossess alone from the auto industry, for example, are being telegraphed by AI strides. The trucking industry in particular will not lie down to this technology, no matter how promising. That clash appears inevitable.
I believe that AI has begun to leave our ability to understand it, as we develop learning systems that “try everything” until they more-or-less accidentally find new solutions.
For example, there is really no such thing as “SEO” any more, no matter how many emails you get from India offering this service. The single most effective method for optimizing your website for search engines is to pretend they don’t exist. Google Engineers may not fully understand how their bot can detect authenticity, but it’s better than a human at it.
How exactly did Deep Mind learn to win at Go? No one is 100% sure.
In gaming, increasingly extreme tactics are being deployed in an attempt to detect bots playing for users who have jobs or lives but they still want to reap the benefit of being in the game even when they are not themselves. Each time a bot is detected and bans are deployed, humans tweak their systems to be new and evolved, eternally on the offensive.
I believe we must look from higher up at this… situation. These… phenomena. Much more must be done to plan and control the evolution of this technology. Yet, is there really anything that can be done to change the coming of Spring? Are we in the midst of an awakening or birth of entirely new beings or the next chapter of humans? What if it turns out that the manifestation of the ICT and all our fascination with software “automation” are the machinations of a pre-existing entity or pattern that is an inevitable, natural path of life?
I hope that ethicists and others who are involved in these big questions keep open minds.