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Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Two Perspectives of AI

Credit for the pic : Siddharth Rajsekar

Two Perspectives of Artificial Intelligence

2014 seems to have been the turning point for artificial intelligence (AI). AI is something which can deal with the simulation of the intelligent behavior in computers and is a discipline of science that applies existing scientific knowledge to develop more reasonable applications. Some people believe that AI is really threatening to the future of humans because of the lack of security. Others have a different way of viewing AI in the future. They think that AI can be something that is going to secure them.

Thanks to Hollywood now that most people think artificial intelligence is dangerous for the future because AI can outtake humans by its intelligence just in seconds as portrayed in the sci-fi movies. Even though that time has not come yet, the consequences of that would be many people losing their jobs to the advanced technology and it would not take too long before they declare a war against the human race. In the Fortune post, the author claims, "The greater threat from AI comes from developing machines that are better decision makers than we are. As a consequence, we could become the slaves of automated decision makers and whoever controls them" (Finlay). According to the author, creating more AI machines that make better decisions than we, may end up with humans being enslaved or totally under the control of the automated decision makers, which would probably end up in a really bad situation. Steven Finlay claims, "AI-based systems are beginning to replace or enhance many white-collar jobs that are currently done by human experts" (Finlay). Many people, including the human experts, will lose their jobs to these automated machines just because they can enhance the system. If AI is going to take control over the humans, according to “We Should Be as Scared of Artificial Intelligence as Elon Musk Is,” Ben Popper acknowledges, "AI applied to warfare and policing is certainly a concern. Autonomous armed robots, which can track and target people using facial recognition software, are just around the corner" (Finlay). Armed robots having the ability to target people using face recognition and other features have been a concern for warfare.

Just imagine what it would be like if we can have robots that would do the manufacture jobs instead of humans, we would no longer have to work for our everyday activities and there is going to be way less of human labor. Having artificial intelligence that is better for the future can change our lives and with us doing the cognitive work and AI learning from humans we will still have complete control over them and not having the other way around.

From the article, “Mark Zuckerberg thinks AI will start outperforming humans in the next decade,” according to the author, "we can build the artificial intelligence that can learn from people how to automate... and make that experience a lot faster for people who want to interact with public figures" (Popper) and "We can build a machine that beats the best human at the game of Go, but that same machine can't stop in the middle and write a poem about its style of play. It can't learn a much simpler game, like checkers, without lots of human help first" (Popper). The author claims that the AI can replace or decrease human labor by learning from the humans to make the people far more comfortable with the skills acquired by experience it has. Also the fact that AI still needs humans to do the cognitive work for it keeping in mind that they do not know how to complete a simple task compared to a complicated task. Coming back to the article, Ben Popper points out, "...a wide variety of jobs currently done by people will no longer require expensive human labor because artificial intelligence will be superior" (Popper). From this, we can conclude that humans will no longer have required doing their everyday hard work since we will have something that is way more efficient and advanced than us doing the work for us.

In conclusion, artificial intelligence systems have been useful tools in solving the problems that are beyond humans capability, however, it is clear that artificial intelligence is growing, and since this is just the beginning, it depends on us to embrace the positive side and shape AI in a way that it could be used to help the human race and be on our side rather than turning against the humans.

PS: This is an essay I did for my school as an assignment.

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