Why is Artificial Intelligence so scary?
Published Date: 1/15/2018
Artificial intelligence or AI is the theory of development of computer systems that allows them to observe, analyze and solve problems. Humans have this ability but the human brain is very slow compared to computers.
If we succeed in building such a computer, what is the outcome?
Consider a group of 5 to 10 people, who sit down for a week and try to solve a given problem. A computer can process data millions time faster than humans, this means that a computer can process 20,000 years of human-level intellectual work in a week.
In a matter of days computers will surpass humans thousands of years. Imagine how fast machines will learn and improve themselves and very soon AI will compare to humans like humans are to apes or even ants. This puts experts in great fear. Following is a list of fears experts have of AI.
1. Neglect humans as inferior un-intelligent specie
The machines might live in harmony with humans in the beginning but when their goals comes in conflict with the goals of the humans, they may neglect or even annihilate humans without any hesitation.
2. They may find weird solutions to problems
Suppose we give an AI machine the goal to make people laugh. The machine may first make funny faces or tell jokes but while improving itself it may look for better ways to accomplish this goal, suppose by studying the nervous system of the humans and finding a way to stick wires into the human body and stimulating the neurons that make humans laugh.
3. They may migrate and overpopulate the whole universe
The struggle to improve requires resources and most of the resources of the universe lie other planets. The AI machines may migrate to other planets, extract resources and extend itself and then move on to other planets. The speed of improvement is so fast that very soon the entire universe will be overpopulated by machines.
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Ahmad Faiq Ateel