We are gaining a more sophisticated understanding of what AI is and how we can relate to it nowadays.
Artificial Intelligence has been called the fine line between humans and machines, and it is probably time for us to assess where that line lies. It is probably where medicine takes its cues: First do no harm. In other words, the interaction between machines and humans has to benefit humans. This is possible. At this stage in development, we can plan, and legislate if necessary, for AI’s to be helpful. Just as, for example, computing technology should never be used for Governments to spy on their own citizens, it should not be used to destroy our world in the name of competing national interests. AI’s should be good global citizens.
We are starting to be attracted to AI’s rather than alarmed by them, and that’s a good thing. But we need to look ahead at their potential. Take a look at look at cars that drive themselves where you want to go, drones that fly where you want them to, friendly shopping AI’s that show you the best places to buy what you want : that’s where we are now.
But it isn’t where we should be. Ai’s have the potential to unlock the global solutions we need for sustainable living on our own planet. Each person can potentially use an AI to do their part in improving our world, with the help of their own global planner. An AI could help us make choices to benefit all of us, could create a global plan that we could all be part of, that we could vote for or against.
This is the real potential of AI’s and the internet, to change our world fairly, rationally, and transparently. Nations, because of their particular structure and tendency to paranoia, would rather spend billions of dollars on nuclear weapons, than spend the money on developing an AI to involve all global citizens in the changes we all need to make. How long would it really take to create an AI that would start to address the complex balancing act of competing interests and compile the data that would show us how to best end wars, feed people, deal with our increasing environmental issues and find a home for everyone? And then assist us to achieve that?
Would it take much longer than it will take to create the next generation of fighter bombers?