We looked at Artificial Intelligence (AI), it’s history, development and future. AI is basically the activity of making machines intelligent. I find it interesting because it’s putting humanity in a ‘God’ role – we are creating intelligent beings. Elon Musk, a successful entrepreneur with strong views on AI, warns us to be careful what we wish for. Humanity’s destruction might be brought about by the very thing we created (think I, Robot and The Terminator). Do we truly understand what it means to give intelligence to machines? Do we understand the power of intelligent beings? It was our intelligence that made us Homosapiens the top of the food chain. We have one of the weakest bodies in the animal kingdom, yet we have become the most dangerous species because of the power of our intelligence.
True AI is not logically impossible, but it is utterly implausible, Floridi argues. We know little about how our own brains and intelligence works. Turin, presented the Turing Test: can a machine convince a human that it is a human, designed to test if AI is getting closer.
In March 2016 Microsoft introduced Tay bot to Twitter. They had to remove it only 16 hours later. It was supposed to become increasingly smarter as it interacted with humans. Instead, it quickly became an evil chatterbox. This was no surprise however because it was simple absorbing and learning from the rude, filthy, hate-mongering tweets it was receiving.
Singularitarians are people who believe that AI poses a real threat to humanity. They believe in three main principles:
- the creation of some form of artificial ultraintelligence is likely in the foreseeable future
- humanity runs a major risk of being dominated by such ultraintelligence
- a primary responsibility of the current generation is to ensure that the Singularity either does not happen or, if it does, that it is benign and will benefit humanity