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The coming AI arms race

Artificial Intelligence race of today is no different than the pre-1945 nuclear arms race. The same way the physicist of the time struggled to build nuclear weapons to gain an advantage in the world is the same way researchers are struggling to build Artificial Intelligence.

While the motivation at the time was to defeat Hitler and win the war for the allies, although Hitler also had his own nuclear program. The goal for Artificial Intelligence being pursued by many governments and companies in the world is not all for altruistic reasons.

Although there are good people who want to use this technology for peaceful purposes, there are many who want to use it to gain power over other people. AI if successfully developed in the form of a generally intelligent machine that is capable of being better than humans in every single cognitive endeavour would give the owner or controller total permanent advantage over the whole world.

While with nuclear weapons we had a single goal, explode as much area as possible, the goal of a generalized AI would be anything humans can conceive, whether for good or for evil.

What should we do about this threat? Despite the media popularity, AI in its current form is not very capable, it has given us a new means of solving problems that were hard to solve by hand coding before, but it has not reached the grade of what you would call AGI or is the current trajectory heading there anytime soon.

I think we have reached a local minima in the development of this technology, and the very thing AI researchers hate and try to avoid when training the Deep learning model is the same state that the whole world of AI has settled in.

We will see different revolutions of technology and I think in the next century we will see some real AI come to life. The people of that time might not even value it like we currently do. There are technologies already around us right not that we take for granted, like our very fast laptop computers.

These machines have great capabilities but what do we use for in the majority? Watch movies, play games and browse rubbish online.

I always imagine what would Newton do with an Intel Core i7 laptop? we will never know.


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