Should We Be Afraid of Rogue AI?

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If you have been keeping up with two of our tech titans Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, you may have heard about their little spat concerning AI. For those on Team Musk, there must be protocols in place for AI deployment because robots could go rogue and we could be looking at the next World War III: Humans vs Killer Robots. For those on Team Zuckerberg, the fearmongering of AI is “pretty irresponsible” when AI should be embraced as the future, helping us streamline tasks and get things done in a more orderly, efficient manner. Rather than tweeting and live streaming about which argument is better, we should point to the fact that both tech masterminds contribute views we need to take into consideration about the future of AI in our society.

Rather than claiming one side is better than the other, we should take the two views presented by our tech leaders and get discussions going on how to approach AI development going forward. AI is a hotly debated topic, with various techies flopping back and forth about the pros and cons of implementing AI into our lives. In my opinion, we cannot deny the efficiency and convenience of artificial intelligence. AI has allowed companies and people to automate processes and delegate either simple or more labor-intensive tasks to machines. There are some things that are better handled by machines and with AI, machines are expected to be more precise and accurate; which in the end could eliminate the possibilities of human error. AI poses benefits for us by changing the landscape in the service, medical and technology industries to name a few.

While there are pros to AI, we of course need to also consider the cons. There are some that are already threatened by the idea of AIs taking away jobs from humans and increasing unemployment rates. AI is starting to do things quicker and better than human laborers to the point that machines are said to possibly replace humans in certain job roles. It makes us wonder if AI will get to the point where almost everything is machine-controlled and we’ll be pouring millions of dollars into creating and developing AIs even more. And of course, the lurking idea that AI will surpass human intelligence leading to a robot revolution is implanted in our minds thanks to the various blockbuster sci-fi films – but for related purposes, let’s label this as wavering consumer confidence in AI because yes, trusting an AI seems a little sketchy. While we see the technology industry head towards a smarter, more automated direction, we need to be careful about next steps in AI development. We don’t want to become the society that hands off all things to AI and become solely reliant on AI to do everything for us. This view may be slightly fueled by those scary post-apocalyptic films Hollywood keep releasing, but in reality, we should maintain some control and oversee security and preventative measures to ensure that yes, AI deployment is in fact safe. On top of that, if we incorporate more AI into our lives, we need to protect the integrity of our data and information, some of which could be highly classified and/or private. If we take into consideration the cons of AI and slowly start working on supervising the technology while it develops, we have a better chance of having more control over how these AI machines will be like in the future. We must grow, adapt and learn with AI while preventing AI for dictating every facet of our lives. Then maybe we can eliminate the whole idea that rogue robots will come for us and this is the end of humanity as we know it.

So no, you shouldn’t be afraid of rogue robots for the time being. We need to supervise the way AI is designed and how it is programmed to work. Instead of painting vivid, apocalyptic pictures of the downfall of humans in the hands of robots, let’s focus on controlling certain variables when it comes to designing AI machines. AI is still a relatively new development in the tech industry and has a long way to go in terms of development. In the meantime, we can probably put the idea of self-aware, killer robots on the shelf for a later time. I think we’ve all been watching a little much Her, Westworld, Ex Machina, I Robot and of course, Terminator; to the point where science fiction storylines seem to take precedent over reality.

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