What will it mean for the human race if non-biological machines become more intelligent than us? How will this affect us, and are there needs to be concerned?

Motherboard have released an article that address what people have been speculating about for years – whether or not there is a need for concern for humans after the introduction of AI. After all, machine intelligence have existed for generations, so what has changed?

The article refers to two significant incidents that have occurred over the recent decades – the extensive, real progress, both in terms of theoretical, practical and the technological way of understanding the mechanisms of intelligence, either biological or non-biological.

Secondly, AI’s commercial value have increased immensely as it has become useful for various purposes, now driving huge investment which is a process bound to continue and accelerate rapidly, Motherboard writes.

The article emphasises the importance of getting the relationship between humans and artificial intelligence right, and that it must happen the first time around. There are no room for mistakes, and there appears to be signs of a growing awareness of these issues and their importance.

Safety Comes First

Today it appears that the focus is on safety and on the short-term benefits of AI, how it affects jobs, etc. Despite these questions being very important, Motherboard emphasises that there is also need for addressing the “bigger” issues, such as safety.

There are reasons to be optimistic about the future of AI, as it can potentially help us solve practical problems that would otherwise defeat our “limited brains”, the article reads.

“But when it comes to what the cartography of possible futures looks like, which parts of it are better or worse, and how we steer towards the best outcomes – on those matters we are still largely ignorant. We have some sense of regions we need to avoid, but much of the map remains terra incognita. It would be a peculiarly insouciant optimist who thought we should just wait and see”

Motherboard refers to Alan Turing and his predictions made in 1951 about the era of machine thinking starting, and that it is essential to acknowledge that a lot needs to be done.

The article then takes us back to the necessity of safety, and ensuring that if we are to develop machines that can think, they need to be safe and beneficial.

“And we must face it together – the issue is far too large and crucial to be tackled by any individual institution, corporation or nation. Our grandchildren, or their grandchildren, are likely to be living in a different era, perhaps more Machinocene than Anthropocene”

“Our task is to make the best of this epochal transition, for them and the generations to follow. We need the best of human intelligence to make the best of artificial intelligence”

This article was re-purposed from: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/how-to-share-the-planet-with-artificial-intelligence

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