Society’s choice: Genuine vs artificial intelligence?
“The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.” ― Edsger W.Dikstra
|Photo: Marina Yoveva|
Today, we are surrounded by “things” we often refer to as smart gadgets that help us grow bigger both professionally and personally. Cameras, video recorders, electronic machines, kitchen robots – all of which we’ve come to know and use every single day without even realizing it. If truth be told, we’ve embraced the robotics in our homes and lives.
What’s more, today we cam talk about electronic machines which are able to diagnose a serious disease and write down a prescription for it. Indeed, the world has changed.
Can the MIT artificial intelligence really improve our world?
“I believe that at the end of the century the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.”-Alan Turing
Realizing it or not, the MIT Artificial Intelligence has become even “smarter” even though there are categories into which we can break the notion, such as “weak” and “narrow” artificial intelligence (A.I.).
Seeing things from a long-term viewpoint, the forming of general levels of artificial intellect, let’s say, has been on the table for quite some time. What’s mostly known about the narrow version of A.I is that it has a restricted set of abilities mentally and physically, whereas the strong A.I. level has been known to surpass a human’s capability to provide a resolution regarding an issue.
For instance, imagine playing a brain-boosting game, such as chess, or solving a cognitive task. In this case, an artificial intelligence featuring a strong A.I is without a doubt going to outperform an individual’s efforts towards one and the same task.
The so-called advanced, or strong A.I, has been an object of thousands of counterfeit stories and myths. For the most part, all these phony tales aim at having us in a state of fear and uneasiness because of the robotics domination. A typical example of such a controversy is related to the society’s beliefs about robotics stealing our jobs and taking a wrong turn, just like it happens in the movies.
Additionally, the maximum level of intelligence, or at least in the way we recognize it, is on its way, but its goal is set on improving our lives not taking them. Ultimately, it’s about the potential of “smoothing” our fast-paced lives, not self-destroying them by creating superintelligence...
Marina ends her article with following:
"After all, what’s essential at the end of the day is not how fast and furious computers are, or how high the programming languages actually are. What’s of great significance is that simply syntactic knowledge is surely not sufficient for turning a robotic machine into a semantics-understanding tool. Hence, the fears of dreadful scenarios of machines being open for rationality and susceptibility are bound to be completely doomed."