Future Humans and Artificial Intelligence

Writer : Michael Aurora EG

Some believe that the rise of Future Humans and Artificial Intelligence will benefit most people in the next decade, but others fear that advances in AI will alter what it means to be human, productive and free of self-determination in the future.

Human capabilities are being augmented and long-standing human activities are being disrupted by digital life. In the era of ambient information and connectivity, code-driven systems have reached more than half of the world's population, presenting previously unimaginable opportunities and unprecedented threats. Will people be better off as a result of the spread of algorithm-driven artificial intelligence (AI)?

This question was posed to 979 experts in the field of technology in a survey conducted in the summer of 2018 by the Center for Digital Democracy.

According to experts, the rise of networked artificial intelligence will both enhance and diminish human capabilities. It was said that computers could one day surpass human intelligence and capabilities in tasks such as complex decision-making, reasoning, and learning, as well as advanced analytics and pattern recognition, visual acuity, and speech recognition and language translation. Individuals can look forward to a more personalized future with the help of "smart" systems installed in places like homes and vehicles as well as infrastructure such as buildings and utilities on farms and in businesses.

People were particularly upbeat when discussing the many ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) could be used in diagnosing and treating patients, as well as in helping the elderly lead more active and healthy lives. As a result, they were ecstatic about AI's potential contribution to large-scale public health initiatives based on potentially enormous amounts of data, ranging from personal genomes to dietary habits. Many of these experts predicted that artificial intelligence (AI) would help bring about long-anticipated alterations to the way education is taught in both formal and informal settings.

Regardless of whether they are optimistic or pessimistic, most experts have expressed concerns about the long-term impact of these new tools on the fundamental aspects of human existence. A non-scientific poll was conducted in which all respondents were asked to explain why they thought AI would benefit or harm people. Many expressed deep concerns, and many also offered suggestions for how to fix them. The accompanying table summarizes the main points they made in terms of potential threats and countermeasures.

Robotics and the future of humanity are discussed by a variety of experts.

CONCERNS

Individuals are losing control of their lives as a result of a lack of human agency.

Code-driven, "black box" tools are automatically given the power to make key decisions in digital life. It's difficult for people to understand how the tools work because they lack input and context. They give up their freedom, privacy, and ability to make their own decisions because they don't have any say in the matter. As automated systems become more widespread and complex, this effect will become more pronounced.

 

Complex systems are designed to make money or exert power through the use of data and surveillance.

For the most part, artificial intelligence (AI) tools will be used by corporations or governments in pursuit of profits or power. People's values and ethics are often left out of the algorithms that make their decisions for them. These systems are difficult to control or rein in because they are interconnected around the world.

 

There will be social unrest as a result of AI taking over more and more jobs.

Coding-based machine intelligence has the potential to revolutionize every aspect of human work. While some believe that new jobs will be created, others fear that the economy will continue to deteriorate and social upheavals, such as populist uprisings, will occur.

 

Reduced cognitive, social, and survival abilities due to dependency dependence lock-in

However, there are those who believe that increasing reliance on machine-driven networks will weaken people's ability to think for themselves, act without the assistance of software, and engage in meaningful social interactions.

 

Autonomous weapons, cybercrime, and weaponized information are causing mayhem.

Some believe that the rapid growth of autonomous military applications and the use of weaponized information, lies, and propaganda to dangerously destabilize human groups could lead to further erosion of traditional sociopolitical structures. Some people are concerned about the economic systems being penetrated by cybercriminals.

SUGGESTED SOLUTIONS

Improving human collaboration across borders and stakeholder groups is paramount for the common good.

Humanity's well-being is the most important consideration when it comes to digital cooperation. As a result, it's imperative that people from all over the world find means of reaching consensus and collaborating together in order to foster the development of widely accepted approaches to solving wicked problems and maintaining control over complex human-digital networks.

 

A system based on values:

The goal is to ensure that AI is focused on 'humanity' and the common good.

Building decentralized intelligent digital networks "imbued with empathy" that help humans aggressively ensure that technology meets social and ethical responsibilities requires adopting a "moonshot mentality." We'll need a new level of regulation and certification in order to keep up.

 

Putting people first requires a shift in economic and political structures in order to help people "race with the robots."

In order to improve human-AI collaboration, economic and political systems should be reorganized in such a way that human relevance in the face of artificial intelligence is not jeopardized.

For the purpose of this exercise, participants were instructed to consider the year 2030. Artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to become even more integral to complex digital systems in the future. Networked tools, they say, will continue to enhance our lives in a mostly beneficial way as they become more commonplace. There are some who fear that our increasing reliance on these AI and related systems will lead to widespread difficulties.

If artificial intelligence (AI) and related technologies continue to advance, do you believe that humans will be better equipped and more empowered by the year 2030? That is, will most people be better off in the long run than they are right now? Is it more likely that AI and related systems will reduce human agency and autonomy to such an extent that the majority of people will be worse off as a result?


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