Super intelligent technologies like AI (artificial intelligence) bring many opportunities to improve the way people work, the way better services and products are provided, in more efficient ways. These intelligent technologies can also help solve problems humanity could not figure out otherwise.
However, whenever AI is discussed, it is very important to acknowledge and take on board people’s valid concerns and fear, in order to keep the public trust.
Despite the safeguards outlined above, there are always going to be alarmists that may foresee a terrifying dystopian future in which robots rule the world with a cold and metallic grip.
Among them, we have Professor Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk, just to name a few.
“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 well […] I agree with Elon Musk and some others on this and don’t understand why some people are not concerned” once said Bill Gates.
Machines (a form of artificial intelligence) have been taking over tasks from human workers for centuries, and for nearly as long, people have been discussing, debating, and arguing over how to respond. Yet these fears keep recurring. Even those generations that recognise the recurrent nature of these fears cannot resist making similar doomsday predictions about mass unemployment or the end of work.
One reason for this seems to be that each new generation believes it is confronting fundamental technological advances that far surpass those dealt with by any other generation. Each new generation manages to convince itself that they are the ones living in the age when the exception finally proves the rule. The AI story is often painted with the same brush, particularly as it is increasingly able to take over cognitive and decision-making tasks. Is AI the exception to the rule? It depends on who you talk to. But even if AI isn’t truly a fundamental advance in this sense, it doesn’t mean that it won’t have a profound impact on the human society.
Below are some views of the outgoing U.S. President on the matter at hand. Watch.
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