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I came across this story the other day on a television show and was very intrigued. I decided to look it up, and the following article was one of the more interesting I found about the subject. The ensuing is the meat of the article with a link to the original. Give it a read, and I will give my thoughts afterward.
Facebook shut down an artificial intelligence engine after developers discovered that the AI had created its own unique language that humans can’t understand. Researchers at the Facebook AI Research Lab (FAIR) found that the chatbots had deviated from the script and were communicating in a new language developed without human input. It is as concerning as it is amazing – simultaneously a glimpse of both the awesome and horrifying potential of AI.
Artificial Intelligence is not sentient—at least not yet. It may be someday, though – or it may approach something close enough to be dangerous. Ray Kurzweil warned years ago about the technological singularity. The Oxford dictionary defines “the singularity” as, “A hypothetical moment in time when artificial intelligence and other technologies have become so advanced that humanity undergoes a dramatic and irreversible change.”
To be clear, we aren’t really talking about whether or not Alexa is eavesdropping on your conversations, or whether Siri knows too much about your calendar and location data. There is a massive difference between a voice-enabled digital assistant and an artificial intelligence. These digital assistant platforms are just glorified web search and basic voice interaction tools. The level of “intelligence” is minimal compared to a true machine learning artificial intelligence. Siri and Alexa can’t hold a candle to IBM’s Watson.
Scientists and tech luminaries, including Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Steve Wozniak have warned that AI could lead to tragic unforeseen consequences. Eminent physicist Stephen Hawking cautioned in 2014 that AI could mean the end of the human race. “It would take off on its own and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be superseded.”
Why is this scary? Think SKYNET from Terminator, or WOPR from War Games. Our entire world is wired and connected. An artificial intelligence will eventually figure that out – and figure out how to collaborate and cooperate with other AI systems. Maybe the AI will determine that mankind is a threat, or that mankind is an inefficient waste of resources – conclusions that seems plausible from a purely logical perspective.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence have phenomenal potential to simplify, accelerate, and improve many aspects of our lives. Computers can ingest and process massive quantities of data and extract patterns and useful information at a rate exponentially faster than humans, and that potential is being explored and developed around the world.
Well, there it is-What questions crossed your mind as you read the above? Is creating a new language basis for intelligence? This seems to be true for our intelligence and evolution. Maybe these computers happened upon something that simply made their programming easier or faster, isn’t that intelligence? I’m not sure. I have a hard time deciding if something human made has self-aware intelligence. Can man actually create something that could be considered sentient,? Maybe, someday this will become fact and humanity will take a backseat to these machine overlords.
Is artificial intelligence just apart of evolution on this planet and planets across the cosmos? Are we destined to become the machines we create? So many questions and not enough answers. Now, humanity, in time, will have to become a space-faring race to survive because eventually, this planet will cease to exist. In approximately five billion years our sun will envelop the Earth and vaporize it-given we will probably destroy it ourselves long before that-that said, humankind will have to leave this planet and move on. And given our biology isn’t exactly suitable for space travel and long-term exposure to weightlessness, will AI be our only hope in prolonging the existence of the human race? There was a study done on identical twin astronauts with one remaining on Earth and the other in prolonged space orbit. When the in orbit twin returned to Earth it was determined that nearly seven percent of his DNA had changed from his twins. Could some intrinsic combination of AI and our human biological makeup become the norm?
One thing is for sure; man has always been driven to sit with the Gods and how better to do this than become Gods ourselves by creating sentient beings to rule over. However, what happens when those beings get the upper hand, and they themselves become the Gods? Who’s to say this is the Path we are heading down? Speculation, guesswork, and theory are all we can hope to do. Look how far we have come in the past one hundred years; hell, in the past twenty years.
As for me, can AI write Shakespeare? Can AI improve upon Shakespeare? Whose to answer these questions but time itself.
Oh, and be nice to your computer as you type out your stories. Someday it might just type back😉
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