The Ethics, the Risks, and the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence
Are humans really under attack from advancements in artificial intelligence technology? Should we be alarmed by artificial intelligence risks we are told about? Are there artificial intelligence benefits to society?
Artificial intelligence has made great strides over the past decade. Considered to be superhuman robots, that have high levels of cognitive thinking, better-than-human social skills, with programmed algorithms that seem to give them a moral compass.
The ethics surrounding these machines is one of controversy
Some scientists believe that the reasoning ability of these robots lies within the moral compass of the programmer. Others have the view that the machine has its own reasoning and moral values that are on a much higher plane than that of the normal human brain.
In the past, artificial intelligence was initially introduced as a means to let robots or machines work and create that which, previously, humans had only been able to do.
This brings us to what types of ethical rights should humans give to the artificial intelligence that they create?
Do they need to cater to them with emotional support? Should they be given monetary earnings as a result of the work they perform? Should humans believe that they can socialize amongst themselves, or decide where they are employed, or if they should exist at all?
These social and ethical dilemmas are real in the face of our world and society today. Most of all because of the advancements in the features and creation of artificial intelligence.
The Risks to humans: Will we be under Attack?
The ability to create artificial intelligence comes down to researching our own human abilities and emotions and establishing them into robots. The risks are diverse depending on who is answering the questions.
Some feel that by implementing human cognitive abilities and emotions into machines will make super humans. But how the machine will deal with pain or stress is the question. Will it simply shut down and not deal? Or would it lash out to rid itself of the pain, even if it is the human who created it?
Others believe that machines or robots do not have the feature of actual human emotions. They believe there is no need to worry that they will overtake or harm humans.
Job creation today is already way below the workforce demand. Consequently, the creation of artificial intelligence, to do the work of humans, is creating job loss and huge unemployment numbers worldwide. The introduction of “super humans” doing the work that only humans did in the past is causing severe panic throughout the technological and manufacturing industries.
The benefits of artificial intelligence
There are many benefits debated in support of artificial intelligence. With the high error rate and low productivity that humans supply, the almost zero error rate of these machines, and the perpetual working ability of these highly intelligent machines, they are in huge demand.
They have no need for oxygen or food intake, or even the need to sit down. These super humans could likely take part in space exploration. They can go deeper to explore the oceans of the world. Such machines could dig for fuels and provide the mining industry with a safer experience.
The use of smartphones, and their ability to correct human text, the voice detection, and fingerprint lock, are an example of artificial intelligence.
The financial market is boosted by superhuman machines that can predict the stock market, buying and selling assets with just the touch of a button.
So whether you believe that we humans are under attack by artificial intelligence, or see these superhuman robots as a creation masterpiece, one needs to understand them fully. There are risks and benefits to the creation of these machines. The ethics are still serious. They need to be taken into account.
The multiple functions that artificial intelligence bring to the workforce are amazing. Consequently, we need to take the risks and benefits extremely seriously.