Will Artificial Intelligence Threaten Humans?

If your loved one died, what would you do besides grieve and be sad?

Martha made a choice that we find incredible and enviable, she used artificial intelligence to recreate a "relative".

The story goes like this: after a car accident from out of nowhere accidentally takes the life of Martha's boyfriend, Asher, Martha is devastated and her thoughts of him are haunting her at all times. Fortunately, Martha lived in a time when there was a revolutionary breakthrough in artificial intelligence technology that was able to build an anthropomorphic robot that had the same appearance, voice, memory, and behavioral capabilities as a human based on information left behind during a person's lifetime. On the recommendation of a friend, Martha orders a robot just like her dead boyfriend Asher, and they live happily ever after.

Seeing this, you might think it's a vulgar comedy in which all are happy. No, the story is just beginning.

In the beginning, Martha spent a little sweet time with the fake to be real robot, and for a moment she felt like the dead Ash had returned, so she wasn't so sad anymore. But a robot is ultimately just a robot, and even though it will recreate 100% of its boyfriend's voice and habits, it has no human emotions, and more importantly, it's not really Ash.

Martha began to be critical of the robot, even taking it to the beach at one point and making it jump into the sea by itself; the robot hesitated, and so did Martha; after all, they had spent time together, and eventually Martha locked the robot in the attic of the house.

The storyline above is from the British show Black Mirror. This story is short but meaningful. We have all experienced too many sad events since we were children, and the death of friends, relatives and loved ones can be especially painful and heartbreaking.

Since 1956, when Dartmouth College held the first artificial intelligence workshop in its history, artificial intelligence technology has been born and has been developing rapidly. In 1966, MIT's Weiserbaum released the world's first chatbot; in 1997, IBM developed the robot "Deep Blue" to defeat the then chess champion Kasparov in a tournament; in 2000, Japan's Honda made the robot "Asimo", which can more accurately imitate certain human behaviors and move very dexterously; in 2017, Google developed the "AlphaGo" robot to defeat the world Go champion Ke Jie, which shocked the world.

Once upon a time, the idea that artificial intelligence threatened humanity existed, but only in science fiction movies and novels like Her, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, and so on, and was a far-fetched conversation. However, with the rapid development of artificial intelligence technology, some things that previously seemed impossible are slowly becoming reality, such as the virtual robot "Microsoft Ice" designed by the Microsoft Engineering Institute can chat, sing, tell stories and even write poems and comments.

How much of an impact will artificial intelligence actually have on our lives?

A report on artificial intelligence published by a US research group in 2016 gives some answers. When it comes to AI technology, the report warns that within 20 years, AI could put 47 percent of Americans out of work. Research from Oxford University in the UK also shows that intelligent robots will replace 10 million unskilled jobs in the future, including clerks, workers, agents, drivers and a whole host of other positions.

In the future, perhaps AI will become like today's water and electricity, fully entering our various industries and scenarios, including the lives of our most secretive families, from machine translation to face payment, from medical consultation to legal advice, all aspects of our daily life such as clothing, food, housing and transportation will be penetrated by AI, and through AI, the whole society will be reconnected in a new way.

While the quantifiable problems of unemployment in the development of AI technology are certainly alarming, the unquantifiable legal and ethical issues may be more far-reaching, such as the story in Black Mirror quoted at the beginning of this article, where the use of AI technology to build an anthropomorphic robot and thus replace a dead loved one to keep us company, while bringing us out of our traumatic state for a short time, goes against the laws of nature and inevitably ends up in another predicament.

In fact, many prominent figures have expressed concern about the development of AI, and the famous physicist Stephen Hawking once said, "In the short term, what impact AI has depends on who is controlling her; in the long term, that impact will depend on whether we can still control it. "Truss founder Musk is even more strident, arguing that artificial intelligence will be the most serious "existential crisis" humanity has ever encountered.

In the view of AI proponents, the development of AI will not threaten humanity, quite the contrary, it will bring a more efficient and convenient life to humans. Google Chairman Schmidt, for example, said, "There is nothing to fear from the rapid development of artificial intelligence, and the fear of computers doing nonsense is all a movie plot; the technology can help humans, not hurt them. "

There is no doubt that robots will increasingly replace human jobs and artificial intelligence will become more and more popular and enter our daily lives, and exactly what impact it will have on the world we live in is all unknown at this point.

Will Artificial Intelligence Threaten Humans?

The answer may be as Mitnick, the world's number one hacker, said, "AI means it's a good tool, or it can be used for evil. I wouldn't have a specific position on AI because it's inherently neutral, and whether it's good or bad depends on how humans apply it. "

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