The Dangers of Artificial Intelligence on Humanity — Starting with Messaging Apps & Chatbots

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, BIG DATA, MACHINE LEARNING, PREDICTIVE ANALYSIS.

We’ve all heard the increase in these buzz words recently (or at least you should have if you’ve been paying attention), but what in the world does it all mean?

HOW?

Well first of all, the search giant always has been the lead pioneer. It’s search algorithm takes the first typed word and uses predictive analysis to populate suggestions based on anticipated keywords. Second, more strategically, they’ve bought almost every machine-learning and robotics company out there like Boston Dynamics, NestLabs, Bot & Dolly, Meka Robotics, and so much more! Third, they have Ray Kurzweil leading it. I don’t even know where to begin with this guy. He’s a lunatic. He’s a genius. He has a 30 year proven track record of accurate predictions. He’s eerily freaking right about nearly everything. He and his team are building a “Google brain” — encompassing both hardware and software requirements — to ultimately replicate the way our inter-neural connections are formed and fired in real time. In his words : “Information defines your personality, your memories your skills. And it really is information. We ultimately will be able to capture that and actually recreate it”.

SOUNDS SCARY? WELL IT SHOULD.

But again, this isn’t really a new phenomenon. Technological singularity (the hypothesis that artificial intelligence will merge with humanity) first came about in 1958 and according to Kurzweil, will come true in 2045.

THINK IT’S TOO FUTURISTIC TO CARE ABOUT RIGHT NOW?

Think again. You wouldn’t wait for a burglar to break into your house before you take precautions right? That’s why we have locks, alarm systems and furry four-legged creatures barking at the sound of a doorbell. So it’s important you start doing that now with artificial intelligence.

IT’S ALL STARTING WITH MESSAGING APPS AND CHATBOTS.

More people are spending more time on messaging apps than social media apps.

SO WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?

Well there are two main problems. In the immediate sense, the increase in artificial intelligence gives rise to cyber-crime. In the long term, it can evolve to a point we no longer have control over the machines we initially created.

THE RISE IN IMMEDIATE CRIMINAL ACTIVITY

Take Google’s artificial intelligence division, DeepMind. They claimed they found a way to produce and mimic a much more natural and human sounding synthesized speech better than any other text-to-speech system. And like any mainstream tech phenomenon out there, you know criminal hackers aren’t too far behind. So that call you got from your brother last week asking you to lend him some money… was it really your brother? Or was it …do I dare say, a faceless criminal deceptively sounding like him?

SAY WHAT?!

It’s eerily unethical. It’s troublesome, it’s just not right. Life’s greatest invention is death. It is the essence of “feeling” that defines our existence in humanity. Using artificial neural networks to imitate the ability of the human brain to learn and recognize patterns in images, audio, text and other forms of data to rid ourselves of grieving is morally wrong.

NATURALLY, I HAD TO TRY IT

FAST FORWARD TO LOOSING CONTROL

Alright. Let’s talk about foreign policy real quick (without actually talking politics). Understanding the dynamics of interaction in a global world is a difficult concept to firmly grasp, especially if you’re going to use a narrow theoretical approach like neorealism or neoliberalism. To clearly develop an understanding of international relations, we must look past the simple and concrete path realism has to offer and explore more socially construed factors.

SO WHAT DO WE DO?

Build an underground safe house in the outskirts of Nebraska and prepare for a robotics apocalypse.

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Stacy Zolnikov

Startup Junkie | CEO & Co-Founder of TruleYours — solving the fashion industry’s “fit problem” and the planet at the same time.