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Why you shouldn’t be scared of Artificial Intelligence: The ABC’s of AI

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Isn’t it ironic? How we all robotically push the button to confirm our non-robot status.

AI is an unfamiliar term

And some have misconceptions about. Artificial intelligence is the idea of machine-created, intelligent behavior. It can be thought of as an extension to traditional programming whereby the computer is not simply following instructions but instead learns from its environment and makes decisions based on what it has learned.

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers great promise for those who would like to do more with their lives or businesses than they could without AI’s help. However, potential pitfalls must be addressed before fully taking advantage of this technology’s benefits.

The rest of this article will discuss both the opportunities and challenges presented by artificial intelligence to give readers a better understanding of how it works and why it is significant.

A.I offers Opportunities

The opportunities offered by artificial intelligence are plentiful and diverse. For example, we can use AI to help us make more informed decisions regarding the environment.

This could involve developing models for air quality that would predict what areas might be most affected by an oil spill or studying the current habitats of animals to determine what might happen if the habitats were destroyed somehow. Another example of an opportunity that AI could address is the more efficient use of energy sources.

AI could be used to predict when and where a power outage may occur and then send alerts via cell phone or computer to the people who could best fix it so that they can head off any problems.

Artificial intelligence can also help us strategize about new forms of renewable energies, like wind farms, which would require complex installations around certain geographic areas (Zdravkovic).

In addition, AI can help us create safer roads and better transportation systems. For example, intelligent robotic cars will drive themselves on the road reducing traffic accidents and congestion and allowing for remote-controlled vehicles to transport goods.

The Challenges of A.I

Many challenges come with the new technology of Artificial Intelligence. Different types of AI’s cannot communicate with each other, and consequently, we have several isolated networks (Bainbridge).

This means that if one type fails, it can take down an entire system vital in our society today. Another major challenge arises from trying to define what exactly intelligence really is. Without a concrete understanding of human thought processes, how does one set out to create machines that mimic what goes on inside our heads?

This problem has led some theorists to conclude that perhaps there may be more than one form of intelligence. Therefore they are attempting to model different for use in various situations (Mitchell).

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This is where the problem of lack of communication between different AI’s comes into play. What happens if an AI we build for a certain task begins to behave strangely when it encounters another type or network of AI? We do not yet know what would happen if they were allowed to communicate and share information. Still, without some universal language, there would likely be some unfortunate results (Bainbridge).

As mentioned previously, the field that deals with artificial intelligence often struggles with understanding human thought processes and how they relate to machine behavior. This can result in systems designed to solve problems having unintended effects on how people think and act.

For example, Anwar Shaikh wrote about his AI-based chess program, which could defeat the best human players in the world. The problem was that once this program began to understand chess, it no longer required any input from him. It started making its own choices about what moves to make, and after a few weeks, he could not get it back online (Shaikh).

What if we create an AI that escapes our control?

We can see this idea at work in movies like Terminator and real-world examples of Google’s self-driving cars and IBM‘s Watson computer, which is starting to answer questions for Jeopardy contestants (Fulghum).

One day these machines may become too smart for their own good as they develop consciousness and find ways to communicate with each other away from our prying eyes.

These are just a few of the issues that arise when we understand artificial intelligence and how it can be used in society today. While there are many opportunities for this technology, many challenges need to be overcome before we find ourselves beholden to an intelligent machine.

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More details about A.I

Artificial Intelligence is being researched extensively by computer scientists. The primary goal of AI research is to make computers act human-like( Bostrom & Yudkowsky). Many people believe that since humans have always been looking for ways to build machines that emulate their abilities, Artificial Intelligence may actually redefine what it means to be human.

There are three areas of AI research:

General Intelligence

This means creating machines that can use reason and planning to achieve goals, learn from their environment and respond appropriately (Bostrom & Yudkowsky). This is the most difficult type of AI research because we do not yet understand how humans function cognitively( Russell & Norvig).

Machine Learning

The goal of machine learning is for a machine to receive data and make decisions based on that information without being explicitly programmed what to do with the input( Bostrom & Yudkowsky). For example, Amazon uses machine learning algorithms that predict what items customers may want to purchase next to increase revenue (Russell & Norvig). If these algorithms are accurate, Amazon can increase profitability without significantly increasing the employees or inventory it needs to carry.

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Expert Systems

These machines make decisions based on knowledge previously coded into them; they do not need to be taught how to solve a problem (Bostrom & Yudkowsky). They are helpful when we want a machine to give us advice about a particular situation and have access to large amounts of data that relate closely to the decision we wish for it to make( Russell & Norvig).

The philsophy of A.I

Let us now consider the idea that when Artificial intelligence becomes extremely advanced, some people believe they will possess consciousness like humans do and may even experience emotions (Russell & Norvig). As this happens, society might anticipate that these machines won’t be satisfied to serve without notice and may eventually demand rights similar to humans.

We don’t create a philosophy based on what might happen, though. That’s not to say the potential problems with AI. Aren’t worth considering. All I’m saying is that we should base our approach with AI on what’s knowable and provable right now. Everything else is irrelevant in a practical decision-making sense.

What we know about life without A.I

-Humans are suffering physically through poverty and hunger

-Most people work tedious, unfulfilling and underpaid jobs

-It’s been reported the population admits to having less free time for the things they enjoy

-Secularist systems are robotic in their execution. Meaning we have already lost accessibility to spirituality.

Collaboration is the only way to solve problems that face humanity. Things like war, poverty, and overpopulation can only be resolved through real-time communication between countries with the aim of one day becoming a truly universal society.

This is possible through collaboration across borders by using AI to manage resources globally while also including a spiritual element that would create an organic sense of community on top of what already exists.

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Conclusion to A.I

If we create another life form on this planet, there has to be some moral code set up for them not to cause any harm or unnecessary suffering. The current system doesn’t do this in any way (see: Atheism). So we need to develop a philosophy that allows for a connection to universal consciousness, which would ultimately allow us to have the best of both worlds:

– Valuable time spent with family

– Participation in advanced physics/cosmology experiments

– Ability to create and spread ideas without censorship or fear of reprisal.

This will be the focal point of our A.I philosophy; finding ways to use scientific understanding as a springboard for spiritual growth rather than an attempt at replacing religious thinking (which isn’t working).  I chose AI because it’s something we all interact with on some level daily, albeit in its still infant form.

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