Artificial Intelligence: To Be Feared Or Embraced

Shutterstock As global experts continue to refine the technology behind artificial intelligence (AI), many also continue to debate whether that technology will help — or hurt — human society. Clearly, Hollywood hasn’t helped. For the last few decades, we’ve seen tons of movies outlining the ways giant, weaponized robots can outsmart humankind — potentially wiping us out altogether. But that’s just fiction. Right? Some of the greatest thinkers of our time, including Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, aren’t quite sure. Last year, Hawking went on record saying AI could be the last major event in our history — unless we learn to avoid the risks. But what exactly are those risks? And how can we avoid them? That’s where things get a little dicey. This past year, technologists at MIT published an article, “The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI,” noting — regrettably — no one, even the best minds on the planet, really understands how artificial intelligence works. How can we ensure the technology never goes rogue if we don’t understand how it goes at all? In truth, there are many well-founded fears surrounding AI, but there are also many potential promises. Below is a breakdown of…

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