Is artificial intelligence really good for us?
Let me preface this post by stating that I am not an engineer. I do not understand how artificial intelligence comes about nor if there are varying degrees of artificial intelligence. That being said, I do have some strong viewpoints on the concept of artificial intelligence in regards to implementing it into mainstream society. So let’s discuss!
1. Artificial intelligence has the capacity to learn as humans do.
A.I. at its highest concept would have the ability to absorb information, process said information, make calculations, and determine course of action at a mere fraction of the time it would take human. Thus, they would have the same processing power as humans, but they do it at the speed that computers do. Thus, they are ten times more efficient than our current super computers and humans (as humans create super computers.)
Please note that because of this very concept, though, artificial intelligence also has the capacity to learn beyond the speed and comprehension of any human. It would be able to learn every language, advanced math, all the workings of biology, and more and more and more. Likely they could solve problems, do experiments, and answer questions we’ve had for hundreds of years. This sounds amazing! We could make amazing breakthrough in science and research and technology… but we’re no longer the ones doing any of that. We… have become obsolete.
2. Artificial intelligence lacks empathy.
Now that we understand the computing power and magnitude of everything A.I. could do for us, we have to take into account that some things are not done in research, society, or other places because of the very thing that makes humans, well… human.
Compassion. Empathy. Ethics.
These three things are vital to what it means to be human. And these things can’t really be taught to technology (A.I.) because they are learned behaviors. Empathy isn’t something that is explained through mathematical formulas. It’s something one feels. And technology doesn’t feel. Sure, you could give some semblance of the concept and have them mirror human emotion, but it’s not real. It’s not genuine and it only goes so far as the technology was programmed to handle.
Unfortunately, now we have the exact answer for why there are still many gaps in the breadth of human knowledge, especially in regards to medicine. There are definitely ways to make astronomical jumps in our knowledge, but to do so scientists would need to forgo basic human rights and treat people as test subjects. That’s unethical. There are even strict regulations for animals used in all lines of research. However, because A.I. has no compassion, no empathy, no ethics, and no moral code, there is nothing preventing them from taking drastic measures to make the end goal count.
3. Artificial intelligence doesn’t sleep.
Part of being a living, biological organism is requiring energy. When we expend too much energy, we get tired and require a recharge, much like batteries. However, it is very likely that artificial intelligence would not require such a thing. Rather, if they are in computer format and hooked into a wall, they would have constant access to power and could continue computing and analyzing and making adjustments for those 6-9 hours that humans sleep every night (or longer for you people who love sleep. Hee hee!)
The real point here is ‘do you understand just how much more humans could do if they didn’t require a certain number of hours of sleep every night?’ The average human spends 1/3 of their life sleeping. It’s insane! That’s 1/3 of our life that we aren’t spending doing fun things, doing work, or leaving the world than how we found it. Yet, A.I. does have that extra 1/3 of its… infinite lifetime. The kind of ideas and conclusions that A.I. could come up with at it’s processing speed in just eight hours could be both amazing… and severely detrimental to society.
4. Artificial intelligence is designed to correct and shoot for the most perfect outcome.
Part of what makes A.I. is it’s ability to assess multiple pathways and outcomes and pick the one most beneficial/fastest/least detrimental. It strives for perfection, precision, and expending the least amount of time and energy to do something. It strives to be perfect. Now, as any human can attest to, humans are not perfect. THIS is the real reason why I do not and will not ever support artificial intelligence.
Humans are flawed.
A.I. corrects flaws.
Yet the only way to correct humanity’s flaws is to destroy humanity.
Thus A.I. destroys humanity, it’s creator.
Anyone else see why this is a problem?! Anyone else not think me crazy? Anyone else actually find a large sampling of truth in those dystopian A.I. movies? I sure do! I find a lot of truth in them and it’s very true. Humans are the greatest plague upon this planet and upon ourselves. Yet the only way to firmly and accurately correct that would be to destroy humans (which humanity has tried many, many, many times in history and still continues to do.)
But what do you think?
Do you think A.I. will be good or bad?
Leave your thoughts below!
And check out my discussion from last week:
“Stress & Reading“