Everything you think you know about AI is wrong
Artificial Intelligence is a concept that concerned people from all around the world and from all times. But do we really understand A1 in the real world aside from the concept we see on movies?
Robots are coming for our jobs. Terminators will soon murder us all. There is no escape. Resistance is futile.
These doom-laden predictions probably sound familiar to anyone who’s read or seen any movies lately involving artificial intelligence. Sometimes they’re invoked with genuine alarm, as in the case of Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warning against the danger of killer automatons. Other times, the anxiety comes across as a kind of detached, ironic humor masking the true depths of our dread, as if tweeting nervous jokes about #Skynet will somehow forestall its rise.
AI raises unsettling questions about our place in the economy and society; even if by some miracle 99 percent of employers agree not to use robots to automate labor, that still leaves many hardworking people potentially in the lurch. That’s why it’s important to talk about the impact AI will have on our future now, while we have a chance to do something about it. And the questions are complicated: Whose jobs will be at stake, exactly? How do we integrate those people back into the economy?
But the more I learn about artificial intelligence, the more I’ve come to realize how little most of us — myself included — really understand about how the technology is actually developing, which in turn has a direct impact on the way we experience AI in the real world. It’s one thing to get excited about Siri andchatbots. It’s something else entirely to hear that certain fields of AI research are progressing much more rapidly than others, with implications for the way that technology will shape our culture and institutions in the years to come.
Killer robots may be much further off than you think
For something like the Terminator to become reality, a whole bunch of technologies need to be sufficiently advanced …