How artificial intelligence is changing our lives

Hilal Alraheb is a writer and a social media specialist at Humber College.

February 11th, 2015

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Recently, the co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates sparked controversy when he said the following, “I am in the camp that is concerned about super intelligence. First the machines will do a lot of jobs for us and not be super intelligent. That should be positive if we manage it all well. A few decades after that, though, the intelligence is strong enough to be a concern. I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned.” Here is a YouTube video I found that talks more about this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLHxQBAvWIQ

Artificial intelligence is the intelligence exhibited by machines or software. It is heavily entrenched in our culture, in our movies, in our games. There is an idea that machines will one day present a danger to humanity from movies such as the terminator, BattleStar Galactica, iRobot, and countless others. It’s an all-time favorite apocalypse theory, but how possible is it really?

Artificial intelligence is the future of humanity, but how good could it possibly be? Some people believe it will be very bad for the future of humanity, while others tend to believe it will make the world a much easier place to live in. There are many reasons for both points.

A major advantage to why some people prefer AI is because these Robots could do tasks for as long as it takes without getting tired. It is also easier to work with. It is taught to do a specific task that it does with barely any mistakes! A very good example of how artificial intelligence will make life easier is the fact that it is becoming more likely for humanity to leave earth. SpaceX, a company founded by Elon Musk, have a goal of reducing space transportation costs to enable the colonization of mars. It has singlehandedly reduced the cost of space travel and the limitations by incredible amounts. It will be used to

On the other hand, there are a few disadvantages to this. Is it ethically correct to create replicas of human beings? Intelligence is after all a gift of nature. It may not be right to install the system into a machine to make it work for our benefit because these machines lack creativity in their minds, meaning they cannot work everywhere. For example, could you possibly imagine a machine being a hospital nurse? It would not work because they do not think and feel like humans do. Or maybe if they were used in the police force. But either way, in the future, there will be many more robots used in different jobs. Some say that they could make mistakes or malfunction, but it was proven that they are less likely to make any mistakes than of humans. A major disadvantage is that these robots could get hacked by a third party. This does not work on all types of robots, it depends on how secure they are. For example, if these robots were used in a way to secure something valuable, and a way was found to hack them, then that item could then be easily robbed or taken away. That would not be very secure. Or even if robots with extremely advanced AI taking part in police operations. A good hacker can shut down the whole operation. When it comes to things like military weapons and tactics of a government, those are usually stored online, but are nearly impossible to hack because of how strong their system is.

Within the years, artificial intelligence will continue to improve, while humans will stay the same. Humans have weaknesses, machines don’t. This will affect the labour force by huge amounts. Most companies nowadays rely on these machines more, as they are more reliable, can get the jobs done faster and much cheaper than employing humans.

All in all, it would undoubtedly be extremely beneficial and desirable to develop artificial intelligence to a certain degree. Its role in labour and other tasks would be invaluable. However, despite that, the dangers of having those machines with extremely advanced systems are evident, and it would be very interesting to see where the industry takes it from there. To what extend do you believe Artificial Intelligence should grow over the year?

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