The term “artificial intelligence” will work its away into the world’s vocab in a big way over the next few years. But what does it mean? Actually, never mind what it means. It doesn’t have much of a definition. Organic vs synthetic biology? Bah, it’s tough to sort out. The real question is, “How could it hurt us?”
We’ve read about Musk’s misgivings and his creation of OpenAI to preemptively keep AI on the up-and-up instead of the down-low, and prevent a concentration of AI power in the hands of a few puppet masters. But these discussions always seem short on specifics. Here’s one such vague discussion. The only interesting tidbit here is the fact that Musk’s apprehension about AI revolves around the activities of a single company, which he declines to identify. Skip to 45:25:
Enough vagaries. Here are some specific — well, somewhat specific — doomsday AI scenarios. How should we fear thee? Let us count the ways. Click the graphic and scroll down for a casserole of observations about AI as malignant or benign, and why:
TeslaMondo’s two cents:
Remember back in school, when the film projector broke during a movie? Well, if nobody knew how to fix the machine, the lesson was over. Taking that same scenario to the year 2017, if the internet breaks and nobody understands its operation well enough to fix it, because a few sophisticated minds kinda took it over and decided to kill it, well then we’re out of luck. Ditto the electrical grid, the stock market, air traffic control, defense satellites. You get the idea. We can’t let ourselves become mere house pets for a brain-in-a-box that might someday lock us in the garage and turn on the car because we’re too high-maintenance.
Back to the Musk interview. So, which company is the scary one he’s talking about? Is it Apple, which seems bent on owning our adulthood just as Disney sought to own our childhood? Is it Nvidia, a Tesla supplier whose CEO bought one of the first Model Xs? Seems unlikely. Is it Google? Nah, Musk and Brin are chums.
No, TeslaMondo thinks it’s a company of one. Yes, one artificially-intelligent cyborg talking head who won’t shut up as long as the press keeps giving him an open microphone: