Society’s choice: Genuine vs artificial intelligence?

“The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.”
― Edsger W.Dikstra

Artificial intellect

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Artificial intelligence – a complex picture starts forming in our minds simply at the mention of this notion. What have we learned about it so far?  How can robotics alter our daily routine after all?

Today, we are surrounded by “things” we often refer to as smart gadgets that help us grow bigger both professionally and personally. Cameras, video recorders, electronic machines, kitchen robots – all of which we’ve come to know and use every single day without even realizing it. If truth be told, we’ve embraced the robotics in our homes and lives.

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What’s more, today we cam talk about electronic machines which are able to diagnose a serious disease and write down a prescription for it. Indeed, the world has changed.

Can the MIT artificial intelligence really improve our world?

I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.”-Alan Turing

Realizing it or not, the MIT Artificial Intelligence has become even “smarter” even though there are categories into which we can break the notion, such as “weak” and “narrow” artificial intelligence (A.I.).

Seeing things from a long-term viewpoint, the forming of general levels of artificial intellect, let’s say, has been on the table for quite some time. What’s mostly known about the narrow version of A.I is that it has a restricted set of abilities mentally and physically, whereas the strong A.I.  level has been known to surpass a human’s capability to provide a resolution regarding an issue.

For instance, imagine playing a brain-boosting game, such as chess, or solving a cognitive task. In this case, an artificial intelligence featuring a strong A.I  is without a doubt going to outperform an individual’s efforts towards one and the same task.

The so-called advanced, or strong A.I, has been an object of thousands of counterfeit stories and myths. For the most part, all these phony tales aim at having us in a state of fear and uneasiness because of the robotics domination. A typical example of such a controversy is related to the society’s beliefs about robotics stealing our jobs and taking a wrong turn, just like it happens in the movies.

Additionally, the maximum level of intelligence, or at least in the way we recognize it, is on its way, but its goal is set on improving our lives not taking them. Ultimately, it’s about the potential of “smoothing” our fast-paced lives, not self-destroying them by creating superintelligence.

Does artificial intelligence have consciousness?

Remember Chappie?

An artificial intelligence that is able to feel just like the robot, named Chappie?

More often than not, we come across theses chewing on the apocalyptic change that’d be materialized if or when A.I gets consciousness. Today, computers can recognize facial characteristics, provide decent translations of foreign languages, play mental and physical games and so much more. However, the path towards matching and/or surpassing a human’s intellectual burden is undoubtedly heavy and quite unpromising.

Failures lurk at each curve of the road. If you reflect upon it, this interesting scenario where an individual has to come with a well-founded reason or solution regarding an issue, while putting technology and all gadgets to the side, they will eventually come up with a creative resolution that artificial intelligence relies on. This inherent skill and quality is what a strong artificial intelligence strives at and depends on.

Also, let’s not forget the “narrow ability” of the MIT A.I  department to “learn” something new and remember it only after it has forgotten or deleted; out of its memory, the remembrance of the first lesson.

Naturally, we should not underestimate the intellect of the future machines since their utility would be of great value from both a personal and professional perspective. However, their greatest weakness doesn’t allow them to really surpass a human’s intellectual capacity.

Thinking machines?

Artificial Intelligence can learn?

Mostly, AIs can learn and remember something new only after they have already forgotten previous tricks.

With this in mind, understanding the technology is of utmost importance to discount phony stories and myths spreading fear and worries about the futuristic reign of artificial intelligence.

In the modern world we live in today, it’s also necessary to tell subjectivity and objectivity apart as the society, naturally strives for the object science. This leads to a perfect ambiguity between these two overly used notions in a way that almost wakes up catastrophic effects in an intellectual sense.

This unclarity doesn’t stop here, of course. There’s an immense confusion about the notion “sense” as well as there’s a distinction in the modes of existence. And believe it or not, there’s little truth in machines turning evil regardless of many beliefs that robotics can be used as a hazardous weapon never seen before. The fear of the reign of artificial intelligence to an extent where humanity questions its own stability and security is absolutely off the table.

Such behavioral changes lead to catastrophic scenarios require a mental motivation, reasons and simply a human’s sensibility. This, however, implies a set of human capabilities, such as sentience and self-awareness being a part of a human’s cognition which robotics luckily have in scarcity.

Final Thoughts

After all, what’s essential at the end of the day is not how fast and furious computers are, or how high the programming languages actually are. What’s of great significance is that simply syntactic knowledge is surely not sufficient for turning a robotic machine into a semantics-understanding tool. Hence, the fears of dreadful scenarios of machines being open for rationality and susceptibility are bound to be completely doomed.

If you’re interested to find out more on MIT artificial intelligence department, this video might be just for you:

 

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  1. This reads like it was written by a freshman year student who watched a couple YouTube videos for topical research. Your apparent skepticism in future A.I.’s ability to surpass human intelligence shows either a lack of knowledge on the subject or some narcissistic view of the intelligence of humans.

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