Myths About AI: Should We Be Afraid?

Stephen Hawking believed that attempts to create artificial intelligence threaten the existence of humanity itself. “It could spell the end of the human race,” he told the BBC in 2014.

Since then, humanity’s work on AI has advanced significantly. In recent years, artificial intelligence has become the most popular topic in the scientific world. And how else to explain those moments when Google buys nine startups in the development of artificial intelligence, and Elon Musk founds the company Open AI?

Now, the industry is growing rapidly, but scientists already know what threats artificial intelligence can carry. This uncertainty gives birth to a whole list of myths that are spread widely by various sources. We will try to analyze the most popular of them.

Artificial intelligence will be conscious

Most people are convinced that the machine mind will think like humans, that is, it will have consciousness. However, according to the English professor of cognitive robotics Murray Patrick Shanahan, it is a mistake to equate the mind with consciousness. An artificial brain can perform tasks performed by a human without consciousness. For example, Apple’s Siri voice assistant answers questions, but it’s hard to tell that it has consciousness.

We don’t need to fear AI

We will get many valuable points from the creation of AI, for example, cures for all diseases, ships for deep space, etc., but no one knows whether this intelligence will be loyal to people, or at least with a neutral attitude and behavior.

An intelligent machine can know all the nuances of hacking computer networks, but, it may not have enough knowledge in other areas, for example, in psychology or moral aspects. Therefore, a situation may arise when AI simply cannot understand what is good and what is bad. Thus, the consequences can be fatal, for example, a machine can send a virus to a nuclear plant and destroy half of humanity. Therefore, the development of artificial intelligence should be as thoughtful and safe as possible.

AI is the cause of total unemployment

 Data, provided by the International Economic Organization indicate that the risks of mass automation in developed countries reach 50 percent. Robots will make the professions of drivers and postmen unnecessary and make adjustments in trading, tourism, and education.

This process has its advantages, though. If a driverless car replaces the driver, freight transportation will become cheaper, and people will be able to buy more products for the same amount.

Also, even if robots can replace people completely, there is no point in panicking, because people will be able to focus on doing things they like. Scientists are convinced that new professions will appear, especially in creative fields.

 Controlling AI is not difficult

Putting such concepts as love, respect, good, and evil into a computer will be a very difficult process. Try to define these concepts yourself. Each person will have his own vision of these words. The situation is the same with artificial intelligence. The AI control process is a key task for scientists.

  AI will destroy humans

According to artificial intelligence expert Eliezer Yudkowsky, AI cannot love or hate. No one knows what it will be like. AI can be loyal to its creator, or it can simply destroy the world. But there is definitely no ambiguity in this.

In this article, we analyzed the most famous myths about the future of artificial intelligence. Note that our progress may take a completely different path, not the way we see it. Perhaps humanity will ban any developments related to the artificial brain. Or maybe it will be created tomorrow. Time will show. Still, you should always use your brain first, and your gadgets second. Stay safe!

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