Future AI or artificial intelligence is progressing at a rapid speed. Some of us look at AI as exciting and anticipate the next and newest creation; others are afraid of what it might mean for our future. It is now thought this progression of technology will mean AI will outperform humans at whatever task.
There are no aspects of our lives that go untouched by technology. It touches all of us either for better or worse, and it is just starting. There are robots now that can reproduce movements and actions of humans. The next step is to create self-thinking robots with the capability to react to changing conditions.
Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) Versus Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Scientists are attempting to create what they call future AI or strong AI which will be able to outperform humans. This performance of AI is what some people are concerned with and the limited opportunities it has for humans. They feel it is leading us to our doom. Artificial Intelligence available now is designed for small tasks such as facial recognition, internet searching, or driving a car. With progression into this field, it is feared the machine will take over the human.
Researching AI Safety
At this point, AI’s impact on society has been extremely beneficial. Research is necessary to ensure this technology works correctly and accurately all the time. It may irritate one if their computer crashes and they have to replace or repair the machine. It will be a whole different outcome if an AI system controlling an airplane or automobile crashes. The biggest fact about this technology for everyone to remember is that it is human driven. Some experts dealing with the progression in this field say it will be imperative to align the goals of future AI with those of humans before it becomes super intelligent.
What Are The Dangers?
Artificial intelligence controls autonomous weapons which in the wrong hands could be programmed to kill the wrong people. In an arms race, this technology could lead to AI War resulting in mass causalities. Worry about the machinery falling into the wrong hands means they are created to be almost impossible to turn off meaning humans lose control of them. This risk grows as levels of AI increases.
If the goals for AI to completely align with ours are not specifically outlined; it could result in disasters. An intelligent car given the direction to get you to a particular destination as soon as possible could mean an entirely different journey than what you had in mind. It may take what you said literally and get you there at unsafe speeds and maneuvers. It carries out your request when what you really meant was get there as safely but quickly as possible.
What Are The Benefits?
The driver behind machine learning is the increase in the amount of data we collect. There is too much data out there for one person or even a group of individuals to analyze. It is necessary to use machines to organize and take these mountains of data and create some sense out of all the information. One benefit of AI and understanding data is the prediction of weather. The AI software is capable of sifting through data to achieve a clearer prediction of weather phenomena and alert the public sooner of impending storms. Incidentally, the same software can help to prevent forest fires and farmers to understand planting or harvest times.
Another benefit of future AI that homeowners are enjoying is the services provided by the robotic vacuum cleaner. These incredible little machines can move through your home as they maneuver around furniture, stairs, and even your pets, cleaning all your floor surfaces. There are other AI robots that clean your dishes, assemble furniture, and care for pets and kids. And even those that can take care of large lawn maintenance. AI is also used in areas that are too dangerous for humans to tackle such as dealing with radioactive materials or mine disposals.
Future AI is also widely used to protect families from burglary and the country from terrorists. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security uses a large assortment of AI technology to keep our country safe. They have the use of virtual smart agents to help their workforce and save their officers from having to enter situations that are incredibly dangerous. AI can also sift through communication data far faster than any human could hope to and sort casual conversations from potential threats. Still, in our homes, this technology can tell the difference between the homeowners and strangers.
What is causing pollution and our changing climate is on many people’s mind today. In fact, there are robots and other devices being developed to help us deal with environmental issues. Software programs sophisticated enough to tell us the difference between biological organisms and pollutants are in the works. Smart software will be able to fight air pollution by identifying and capturing chemical pollutants before they enter smokestacks and end up in our lungs.
NASA already uses unmanned shuttles, rovers, and probes to explore areas in space that would take years for the human to accomplish. This technology has already given scientists a mountain of data and photos collected from planets man has not been able to walk on. Moreover, the role of AI and robots will continue to expand in the space field and play a major role in space travel.
What some have thought of only being possible in science fiction, will soon be part of our everyday lives. There are questions by some, but the reality is that technology will continue to move forward and artificial intelligence is part of our future. It is not a question of whether future AI will grow, the question is how we will develop and control the new technology.