Should We Be Afraid Of AI?

With technological advancements being made left and right, we truly have entered the twilight zone when it comes to developments made in Artificial Intelligence. With alarming levels of realism and transformism being made in the field of AI, should we be afraid of what the future may hold?

In works of science fiction, we always see artificial beings capable of vast intelligence take over the world. Humanity becomes a slave to the robots. But how real could this dystopian fantasy be? Will we wake up one day and see machines take over mankind?

Although, highly unlikely. There is some merit to this discussion. Just how much progress is too much? Should we stop while we’re ahead, or face the consequences of delving into matters we know little about?

There’s an argument that too much of one thing is bad, leading to potential harm later on. The same applies to AI. Several aspects of its developments lead to worrying results. After all, AI is a hub of superintelligence, the likes of which surpass the human intellect. This could lead to discord and the effects of which we are already seeing right now.

How has AI changed the present?

Speech recognition, object detection, pattern recognition, biometrics, automation, and natural language processing. These are just some of the fields that have seen an incredible amount of advancements in the pasts several years.

We’ve had applications like AI-powered assistants, smart devices, autopilot vehicles, smart home appliances, etc. Activities are performed by these smart devices were performed by the human hand. Now forever replaced by a machine, replacing the human.

While this new change is good and provides accurate and precise results. We can’t help but wonder if convenience can be healthy for us in the long run.

Will we grow apathetic and let the machine do all the work since it can do it so much better than we ever can?

Or will we create a balance between both without relying on one more than the other?

How will AI change the future?

Change isn’t something that will happen in the far-gone future, it is happening right now. Years from now this will be considered the age of inception when AI started to dominate regular life.

In the future, we can consider more advancements to be made, leading to us humans leaving most of the tasks up for the AI-powered smart machine to do.

The research will have progressed, and the AI tools will develop—if not a conscience, then definitely their own levels of deduction. Their prediction algorithms will become more accurate and that will lead to them carrying most of the grind.

We will begin outsourcing most of the tasks to these artificial beings and abuse their capabilities for our own gain. As is human nature. Disciplinary institutions will lead up arms to handle the ‘rights’ of these machines.

It is a future that has already been written. All we have to do is wait for it to come true and be afraid of what AI can do.

Should we be afraid?

Too much of one thing is bad. Even if the future where a bunch of robots wielding m16 rifles taking over the Pentagon before destroying the world is a bit farfetched. There is some truth to it too.

Our dependency on these AI-powered conveniences could lead to potential harm both physically for our health, mentally for our growth, and economically for the longevity of the world.

They might be shiny toys for us to play with at the moment. But if we start to depend on them too much to the point where simple menial tasks become a chore for us. Then that won’t be a future to look forward to. And that is why we should be afraid of AI.

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