The growing controversy surrounding artificial intelligence is a sure sign that it is here to stay

The growing controversy surrounding artificial intelligence is a sure sign that it is here to stay

A safe and just future, is this what we can hope for from artificial intelligence? Perhaps, with bioethics in mind, yes, indeed.

“The genie is out of the bottle,” a former tech CEO responded to my concerned inquiries about AI’s potential to cause serious harm. Such fears are common. None other than Tesla founder Elon Musk, who has already begun commercializing AI with his seed funding for OpenAI in 2015, has expressed concerns about self-learning AI systems becoming anti-human, going so far as to say “it poses a risk.” On humanity.” A bigger threat than nuclear weapons.” And this is a guy whose self-driving cars using artificial intelligence and big data analytics are one of the best use cases for the new technology.

In March of this year, Musk joined several well-known tech people and academics such as Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, and Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari, in issuing an open letter calling on all labs to pause development on artificial intelligence for six months. months, to allow the government to formulate a rational regulation for it.

So, is AI the big hacker that promises to transform fields ranging from healthcare to transportation and education? Or is it the ghoul that threatens the survival of human civilization?

Just like the Internet was born as the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ARPANET in 1983 but only became available for regular use in the early 1990s, artificial intelligence has also been in laboratories for a long time. AI research began as an academic discipline in 1956, 66 years before it became available to ordinary users. Thanks to the availability of massive computing power and advances in artificial neural networks, AI is now readily available since OpenAI launched the ChatGPT model in November last year, with its ability to interact with users’ questions in a conversational manner, answering the following. Ask questions, and interact as any other knowledgeable person would.

Fears of technology taking over the world are not new. Movies like 1968 2001: A space journeya 1973 thriller film The west And Star Trek: The Motion Picture In 1979, he warned of the dangers of artificial intelligence gaining too much power. Cinematic foreshadowing was a reflection of society’s concerns about technology. When the World Wide Web became mainstream in the 1990s, a number of experts warned that criminals could wreak havoc on society using its many vulnerabilities. As subsequent events showed, the ability to exploit the Internet exceeded even their wildest fears. Invasion of personal privacy, phishing, identity theft, and spying are just some of the crimes facilitated by the Internet. Equally egregious has been its use to influence elections and hold companies and governments to ransom.

However, it would be a true nihilist who would argue that the Internet has done more harm than good to society. Many professions such as stenographer, bank teller and travel agents have certainly been consigned to history. But equally new jobs have emerged such as web developers, data miners, SEO experts, software engineers, and user experience developers. It is estimated that for every traditional job eliminated thanks to the Internet, 2.61 new jobs have been created in its place.

Artificial intelligence will also lead to new evils. It will also reinforce existing stereotypes and biases. But beyond that, its ability to do good is increasingly coming to the fore. In medicine, for example, artificial intelligence is already a source of disruption; Machine learning data is used for imaging analysis, accurate diagnosis, robotic surgery, reducing medical errors, and anticipating big data and trends in epidemiology.

The unrestrained pursuit of scientific progress in the past has raised many alarm bells, especially in the exotic field of stem cell research where pluripotent cells are considered a panacea for all ills. But caution eventually led to a decline in boundaries as many governments either banned the harvesting of stem cells from blastocysts for religious or ethical reasons. In fact, only China has the most lax regulations regarding stem cell research, with many scientists flocking there to conduct research.

A safe and just future, is this what we can hope for from artificial intelligence? Perhaps, with bioethics in mind, yes, indeed.


    (tags for translation) Artificial Intelligence 

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