Today, Business Insider gave us some insight into what’s going on in the very narrow, secretive world of Artificial Intelligence. The small population of A.I. experts are throwing everything they have, with some very high profile financial backing, into the projects that will take us to an artificially intelligent future.
Artificial intelligence is a really nice, conceptually positive idea, but obviously we all have fear of a “Skynet” scenario. Theoretically, a machine with the same mental capabilities of a human would have the self-awareness to quickly and efficiently elevate itself to a position of absolute power. And what’s to stop it?
Assuming artificial intelligence could one day truly mimic the processes of the human brain, it would stand to reason that it would adopt an optimal level of self-awareness as well as empathy. This is where humans come in: How these machines are used and treated is important, and probably unavoidably destined to be done in the wrong way, because we’re shit like that.