To the AI-alarmists, which includes Musk, Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and Steve Wozniak, the threat is nothing less than catastrophic.
“AI is a fundamental risk to the existence of human civilisation,” says Musk because human civilization is based on intelligence, and AI will one day overtake our own intelligence.
According to Musk, people don’t appreciate how quickly AI technology is developing and, as a consequence, won’t see the threat it poses until it is too late.
AI is experiencing a “double exponential” in its growth, says Musk because massive hardware improvements are accompanied by improvements in programming and programmers.
To the AI-optimists, which include Zuckerberg, the dangers posed by AI are opaque and distant, while the benefits are clear and near.
I’ve already mentioned cars, but seriously, cars! In Australia alone, 1,290 people died last year in accidents that AI could have prevented.
And this is only the tip of the iceberg, tens of thousands of Australians succumb to cancer each year. IBM’s Watson AI has already made a big splash by helping doctors make earlier and more accurate cancer diagnoses, saving lives.
Seeing as AI is already saving lives and can save even more, Umpirebot says: "so long as it’s developed responsibly, we need more AI, not less."
But Musk and his allies make solid augments, and so the question becomes: how do we ensure that we are developing AI the right way?
Codebots knows a way.