Since the dawn of technology, many have conspired that A.I (artificial intelligence) will take over the world and destroy all of humanity. Others believe that A.I can bring about a variety of amazing benefits & conveniences. Today's article will shed some light on what the future may look like.
So What Actually Is Artificial Intelligence?
Investopedia defines it as:
'Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and mimic their actions. The term may also be applied to any machine that exhibits traits associated with a human mind such as learning and problem-solving.'
A.I is used in all sorts of technologies; from satellite navigation, to voice recognition, the world is adopting these new technologies for faster trade, navigation and communication.
Worst Case Scenario
Terminators are real. Poverty is everywhere, and humans are facing extinction. This is certainly a world you don't want to live in. While this timeline is extremely unlikely to unfold, some people give reason to believe that the A.I singularity is drawing closer; thus the end of mankind. What is the 'singularity' you might ask? It is described as the 'hypothetical future point in time at which technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unforeseeable changes to human civilization.'
Some believe the impact of this singularity would be wide-spread, and the snow-ball effect of society's collapse would be rapid and devastating. The economy would crumble, technology would be unusable and we would be thrown back in to the dark ages again.
Best Case Scenario
It is theorised that machines will solve all problems known to humankind. Experts believe these super-advanced A.I beings will be able to rid humanity of its ills and bring about a new age of peace and prosperity. Say hello to the 5 hour work week and a convenient life, because A.I is already being used to clean your house!
A.I developers work tirelessly to regulate and moderate new technologies to be safe and aware of human conditions. One important aspect of developing a new artificial intelligence system is safety - which can be challenging to perfect. With more and more expertise being pooled in to this field, we are finding new ways to shape the utopian, technological future that is being envisaged.
Don't worry about an A.I takeover, it could be a long time before we even reach the 'singularity'. And even then then, humans are adaptable, intelligent, and fiercely resilient. My personal view is that technology will only stand to aid humanity, not destroy it.
Enjoy life, and take it easy. No one really knows what the future holds.
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