Technology is improving at a steady rate as time goes by. As it progresses, humanity is brought forward with it. Despite all the positive influences and effects of technology, there are certain concerns about it. One of the main worries is the inevitable emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI). From voice recognition powering personal assistants such as Siri and Alexia, to self-driving cars, it is clear how these minor forms of Artificial Intelligence are gradually forming an influential part of our modern lives. However, its further development poses a threat, as it is constantly developing into something we may have no power over.
Artificial Intelligence is basically a self-aware system. It is a form of computer science that uses a complex network of computers, making it possible for machines or technological systems to learn and modify and improve itself. The field of AI is still in its infant stages and is still evolving, but given the rate at which it is developing, there are no doubts that the future will present Artificial Intelligence in its most powerful form. It is only when it reaches this form that it truly poses a threat to humanity.
AI will be capable of simulating the higher functions of the human brain, meaning it can learn anything. It will be capable of creativity and problem solving, as well as have the ability to calculate risks precisely. Its unpredictability and the fact that it is bound to have more intelligence than any human is what makes it so high risk.
Another reason why I believe it will pose a threat is that AI will not need physical presence to communicate and interact with other forms of AI, as all AI is all interconnected. The human like robots in Sci-Fi Movies are only a physical form which AI could use to interact with humans in ways which humans can relate to each other.
Some of the world’s most incredible brains such as Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are warning us of the veritable dangers which AI shall bring with it. Stephen Hawking emphasised that in the short term, AI’s impact relies on who controls it, whilst in the long term; there is a good chance that it will not be controllable. He states, “We don’t know how to control super intelligent machines”. The Tesla founder, Elon Musk voiced his opinion on the subject, stating that “Artificial Intelligence is Mankind’s Biggest Threat”.
Our brains are the most complex organism on Earth in this present moment. But as great as that sounds, our brains are limited. They are confined, with only a limited room for neurones. AI on the other hand will have no such limits, and since software can travel at the speed of light from anywhere on our globe, there are truly no limits to AI’s powers.