Artificial Intelligence: Good or Evil?

Is artificial intelligence, or AI, good or evil for humans? The basic definition of AI is a computer created to allow itself to solve problems that humans would normally solve on their own, with the added capability of actually learning without the input of any humans. This is what makes AI so interesting, because so many questions come up when dealing with it. The first question we have to ask ourselves is, “Can AI become as smart as humans, in both intelligence and adaptability to the situation?”

Kurzweil’s Prediction

When looking at how advanced artificial intelligence is today, it can be seen that that AI can only perform simple tasks, such as grabbing something off the shelf or folding a towel. The idea that AI is much more advanced than human brains is not a reality in today’s world, but it actually isn’t too far out of reach. According to Ray Kurzweil, an inventor and futurist who created the first piano that plays by itself using a computer, stated that AI will become just as intelligent as humans by the year 2029. And, in 25 years, he believes that AI will surpass human brain capabilities (“How smart is today’s artificial intelligence?”, 2015).

And Now For Self-Driving Cars

In the 1990’s, there was no thought that self-driving cars would ever be invented or available to the public. Although teams of experts swore that it would never happen, companies like Tesla and Google have been testing their self-driving cars for the last few years, and now it is widely known that they will become available to the public very soon (News, 2015). Though they are still being perfected, these cars have driven hundreds of thousands of miles and are being driven only by their on-board computers. This gives hope for the future of self-driving vehicles and AI as well.

In the next 25 years, everyone’s car will most likely drive itself, which will save lives and make traveling easier regardless of a driver’s age or disability (News, 2015). In this century, it is foreseen that intelligent computers, small enough to be used on the outside and inside of the body, will perform complicated and intricate tasks which will keep people alive. AI could be used inside the body to rid it of infection or disease, and also could be used for enjoyment like a camera small enough to fit into a contact lens allowing you to take pictures and videos. This kind of device could be smart enough to know certain commands such as “focus” and take either a picture or a video. Then with the same device, a person could playback the video or picture right into their eye in real time, to either save or delete the file. Although this may sound far-fetched, it isn’t. Sony is testing these devices right now.

Is AI really as smart as humans?

Yes, and no. Understand that humans will always have an advantage over AI, because humans are the ones creating these devices. On the other hand, AI can do things humans will never be able to do. One will never out rule the other, it will always be a controversy if AI will become more intelligent than humans. Humans must always be in control of computers and create limits for what they can do, although the looming question is the possibility of a device being outsmarted by Artificial Intelligence.

The only way that computers will be able to take over humankind would be for an AI robot to actually create its own AI with no help from humans. It is impossible to foresee the future and what is next in the advancement of artificial intelligence. We will just have to wait and see. Join us again for our next post in our series about Artificial Intelligence: Is it good or evil?

References

How smart is today’s artificial intelligence? (2015, May 8). Retrieved July 19, 2016, from http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/smart-todays-artificial-intelligence/

News, Y. (2015, January 7). Self-driving cars get real. Retrieved July 19, 2016, from https://www.yahoo.com/tech/self-driving-cars-get-real-automakers-are-using- 107414770874.html

Michallon, C. (2016, April 30). Sony files to patent new contact lenses that can record and play video. Daily Mail. Retrieved from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article- 3567402/Sony-patent-application-reveals-new-contact-lenses-record-video-store-play-adjust- zoom-focus-aperture-automatically.html In-line