The Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

The Dangers of Artificial Intelligence



One of Man's greatest inventions is one that already surpass him greatly, and with the advancement of technology – it could do any job far greatly than that of a professional team. Like in many of man's technological achievements, a great invention could in an unexpectable way become a double-edged sword; from the dangers of nuclear energy as weaponry to massive corporations supervising personal information – A. I. tech may be no different.


I have watched the news last Saturday, and I was informed that there is a robot that can automatically generate pizzas. "How much far have we gone?" I thought to myself. Imagine this specific robot being mass produced like an average Iphone – and you shall have robot chefs replacing human chefs, which also means it shall decrease the need for chefs, and, thus, the employment rates of humans.

The pizza-making machine is merely one example. With automatic cars you won't be needing taxi drivers or drivers at all. If automatic cars are to become the new norm, humans won't be needing to learn how to drive. The same can potentially apply to pilots and other employees at a transportation system – you can have entire departments replaced by A.I whose potential competence exceeds far greater that of the average man.


Doing so may also be profitable for business owners and governments; robots can work day and night, without requesting raise in current wage, without be needing to take breaks except that of maintenance check-ups, without the potential of causing mischief, and so forth. Financially speaking, it could be much more beneficial to mass-manufacture machines to do the jobs of the average low-middle class worker, potentially threatening entire households' financial survival, where those who own business are to profit.


However, robots can replace jobs of even artists and intellectuals. A sufficiently-enough A.I can create automated music, replace medical staff, including doctors, be lawyers that never sleep, and even serve as journalists revolutionizing the media and communication industries.

The result of such advancement in A.I programming can be grim – with the increasing numbers of global population, people need more jobs, more money and more space to reside and to generally exist in. An exaggerated development in A.I technology without proper supervision and limitation, could lead to extreme rise in unemployment. Why? Because why would a CEO want to hire you when they can get much more benefit from advanced A.I that can not only replace you but also be more competent than you?


I wouldn't call it a warfare, but life's becoming more and more of artificial intelligence taking more and more aspects of our lives, which in turn make us more dependent on them. The most basic example for that is the calculator. With the superiority of calculator over a person's mathematical abilities – the person won't be needing to calculate math when they can have a calculator to do it for him. With the rise of technology, we voluntary give up on our independent physical and cognitive abilities and let technology do it for us, making us weaker, punier, softer and lazier.

It can be said that a person few hundred years ago was probably much stronger than the average person of today. With the absence of technology, Man had got to do things independently of automated machinery, making him invest more effort, though, but this effort had made him physically stronger and have a great deal of self-discipline and perhaps a higher deal of independent thinking – it was necessary for that man from the far past to have greater merit, because that's what was necessary for his survival and prosperity in a non-automated, non-mechanized world.


It seems that we forgot to value the importance of hard work and discipline if we as humanity dedicate our time and effort into developing machines to do jobs and tasks for us. Sure, machines can and do exceed our current ability, but what about our potential strength and merit as individuals? What we basically do is that we choose to stay weaker, softer and lazier in the name of technology, with A.I being technology's finest job seizer.


There's a reason I don't buy a machine to clean the house for me – I do it myself every other weekend. I love feeling this positive pain of exercise, even if a machine can clean better than me – because I know that this pain of exercise, like the pain of deep thought, is a sign from my body and mind that I'm becoming stronger and smarter as a person – endurance and stamina are necessary requirements for development towards progression, that's the nature of human biology. Even if an A.I can write this article better than me, I prefer to do it on my own for the sake of maintaining my abilities as a person – once most if not all of tasks shall be taken by A.I, what would we humans have to do in our extended spare times? By letting go of our merits and of their development, we automatically let go of our independence, from menial household tasks to thinking on our own. Make sure you know what you're doing before you're handing a healthy task to someone – or something – else.

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