Artificial intelligence has been hitting the headlines once a week for the last 12 months, and for good reason. The technology first made an appearance in 1956 and ever since its been a rollercoaster, but 2017 was the year AI entered the mainstream again, most opinion leaders in the field believe that within the next 15 – 20 years we will match and exceed general human intelligence.
What is general human intelligence? Well, Artificial general intelligence (AGI) is the intelligence of a machine that could successfully perform any intellectual task that a human being can. It is a primary goal of some artificial intelligence. Should we be worried? In my opinion, yes. But something you will notice about AI experts…the predictions are as certain as they are diverse.
Just today Vladimir Putin said the development of AI raises “colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now.” He warned that “the one who becomes the leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world.” Is that what it will take, Putin to comment on AI? If you need more you can always turn to tech entrepreneur, billionaire and investor in AI Elon Musk, who has on a number of occasions said;
“I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it,” Musk told attendees at the National Governors Association summer meeting on Saturday. “I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal.”
There’s one key element to AI that the general population seem to keep forgetting, once we meet and then exceed general human intelligence, we have absolutely no idea what happens next. The point is more commonly known as ‘The Singularity’, the term itself dubbed by the father of AI Ray Kurzweil. The very same man has predicted that by 2030 we will reach this point.
So what is being done to ensure that A.I. is kept under control, we have watchdogs and laws surrounding the creation of weapons, why is Artificial Intelligence ignored? This is a libertarian website, when it comes to the potential harm of people then we sure as hell are ready for the necessary enforcement of law and appropriate regulation. Have you guys ever heard our leaders talk about this? Any politicians express concern for what tech experts label potentially one of the biggest existential threats to humanity? Nope. Why not?
Here’s a video of Sophia the robot, made by Hanson Robotics a leader in consumer friendly AI robots, I warn you the video may creep you out skip to the 2:36 mark;
Oh and then there’s Google’s deep mind. DeepMind Technologies’ goal is to “solve intelligence”, which they are trying to achieve by combining “the best techniques from machine learning and systems neuroscience to build powerful general-purpose learning algorithms”. You see a key element to the growth of artificial intelligence, is the capturing and analysis of data, the more data, the more specific, the better…and if you happen to own a search engine which billions of people use billions of times a day…you have access to the largest data collection humanly possible, and the potential for the most powerful Artificial Intelligence in existence. Oh and who works in Googles machine learning (AI) department? Ray Kurzweil the man who believes we will exceed human intelligence by 2030.
In closing take this information for what it is, do your own research, the artificial intelligence movement has been completely drowned in the day – to – day politic theatre that swamps your newsfeed. This technology is going to become a big part of our lives very soon, this is bigger than the mobile phone, the internet, this is bigger than the industrial revolution and no one but tech geeks, conspiracy theorists and Putin are talking about it. More importantly who will be the first to get there, and can we trust them with this technology? If you want to stay up – to – date on anything related to A.I. technology then make sure you subscribe for free by clicking here.
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