I love all things science-fiction, so I was pretty excited when the trailer for “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” came out. But while I watched the interactive Netflix film, it became clear that we are living in a Black Mirror episode. The show depicts a world where artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. It’s in your phone and your watch, it manages your money and watches you sleep. And yet, people still walk around without any idea of how it works and the consequences. The consequences are many! AI has come a long way ever since 1956. Remember back in 2015, the hilarious days of Google AI teaching itself how to walk? The joke is on you— Now, we have AI that can make full-blown art like Picasso and drive better than Lewis Hamilton. The bad news is that Artificial Intelligence could mean the end of the human species.
Tech Billionaire Elon Musk gave humanity a 5% chance of surviving the peak of Artificial Intelligence, and he is a Zhuangzi level optimist.
Losing your job is the least of your worries when it comes to AI technology.
Recently, Google banned the training of deep fakes in Google collab because of the negative potential of the technology.
Deep fakes are the next step in the evolution of fake news. Deep fakes are created using artificial intelligence that manipulates images and videos to make it look like someone said or did something they did not say or do. Technology is getting better and more sophisticated every day, making it increasingly difficult to distinguish between real and fake content.
There are two main reasons why deep fakes are dangerous:
1) They can sway public opinion by fooling people into believing in things that are not true.
2) They can be used as propaganda tools by governments and other organizations that seek to manipulate public opinion.
The technology is still in its infancy, but it is already being used to create convincing fake videos of politicians, celebrities, and even ordinary people. As the technology improves, we will likely see more and more instances of people using deep fakes to deceive others in ways that could have serious consequences.
Existential risk from Artificial Intelligence
The current global spending on Artificial Intelligence is more than $434 billion. In 2045, superintelligence is expected to completely surpass human intelligence. The world has never been so vulnerable to threats from Artificial Intelligence as it is today.
The risk of extinction from Artificial Intelligence is considered to be a near certainty by some people like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking.
How can Super-Intelligent AI lead to human extinction?
If we make the mistake of giving superintelligent AI control over our weapons systems, we could have a situation where its goals are contrary to ours. It could also simply decide that humans are an unnecessary drain on resources, which would lead us straight into extinction.
Another possibility is that once we create a superintelligent AI, it could run amok and decide that humanity has outlived its usefulness as it no longer provides any value or purpose, which would result in our extinction. There are many other ways that we could all become extinct, but these two scenarios seem like the most likely ones. A smart enough AI could easily break through nuclear launch codes and cause a nuclear apocalypse.
Artificial Intelligence and the future of warfare
I am sure you have heard the phrase artificial intelligence thrown around lately. You may even have an idea of what it means. It has been written about a lot recently, but most people do not understand how deep this rabbit hole goes.
Artificial intelligence is already being used in warfare by governments around the world. From automated weapons systems and target selection algorithms (which make those decisions based on variables like distance and weather conditions) to battle plans developed by AI programs designed with military strategy in mind, technology has become increasingly sophisticated and integral to military operations.
These AI technologies will make man better at war. AI will design sophisticated weapons and in the end, AI will engineer the fall of the human species.
This is a world where the machines are coming, and it is time to start evaluating your place in it. While some of us may be excited about the prospect of a robot doing our job for us, others will certainly have concerns about how this could impact their livelihoods.
But as with any new technology, it’s important to remember that artificial intelligence is not going away anytime soon—and neither are its ethical implications. Whether you are worried about losing your job or want to stay informed on what is happening in the world around you, one thing is certain; AI will continue changing lives well into the future.