If you are not remotely concerned about AI. You should be:
Vladimir Putin – The Russian president
“Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russian, but for all of humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”
Besides the astounding leap in technology there is an incredible amount of scepticism one has to have looking at the possibilities for military and police use of this piece of technology. Imagine a conscious free killer being used to keep the masses in line. The future of control over the worlds population through surveillance is alarming but imagine the ability of a state to deploy a Terminator with a kill list to seek out individuals who threaten their power. An automated system which grades individual behavior to a point where an assassin would be activated. Like the no fly list a program that would have no recourse for the individuals targeted by a state.
Also consider a future where this technology can outperform humans in the work place.
Even the late physicist Stephen Hawking had this to say.
“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race … it would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”
Even Elton Musk has his own concerns:
“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, I’d probably say that. So we need to be very careful.”
There is no doubt if these tools end up in the hands of the wrong people it will be a game changer. These are incredible machines and respecting that alone is awe inspiring. Believe however the future uses to make the world a better place are endless lets just hope that is all these are designed for.