The Ethics of A.I.

You’ve probably heard and seen everywhere about the future of computing, Artificial Intelligence, and its capabilities of learning from recording data can revolutionize machine learning and the automation of numerous systems, self driving cars, planes, whole databases, and a lot more is possible with Artificial Intelligence.

However, it is important to note that a tool so powerful has its own set of ethics we, as a society, should be aware of such as the ramifications of unchecked A.I., while it does take dozens of scenarios for A.I. to fully case a scenario, to possibilities in its efficiency is endless. In fact, in the near future, an A.I. could rival the capacity of the human brain, possibly exceeding it, as it is already making self driving cars, detecting disease, and much more.

The problems come when we realize that slowly, everything is shifting to automation, driving, factories/ manufacturing, and more. This would lead to a decrease in jobs as a computer specifically designed for that task cannot make a mistake as frequently as a human, and it doesn’t have exhaustion like humans. However, this means that many people could be put out of jobs as well. Corporations look for efficiency and automation is the way to go in the future.

The real problems begin with the dramatic political shift in power should a country have an artificial intelligence. The sheer influx of information and intelligence their government would receive could destroy the concept of privacy, should their A.I. be primed for surveillance or intelligence. The fourth amendment would be rendered obsolete, as this kind of power unchecked by any government could lead to disaster.

Collectively, A.I. is a powerful tool, yet it must be inhibited as the damage it could do is also powerful. It’s best that A.I. be secluded to one sector of an industry, to specific tasks, one grand artificial intelligence could one day decide that humans do not matter, or that a certain war is necessary, regardless, A.I. is destructive if given too much capacity, but also destructive if given to a political power. It should preferably be consolidated to its own separate industry and be under the control of private corporations which operate under government contracts to ensure that no one side has that kind of power.

Author: Sharv Save from Heritage High Chapter

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