Do you own a smartphone, a newer computer, or interact with Internet connected technology? Which ever one, if not all, it's more than likely you interacted with some form of artificial intelligence (AI). AI is starting to become more prevalent in our daily lives and it's only imminent that it will consume our lives one day.
AI comes in different forms, mainly voice activated forms like Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and Google Search. AI is being used in machines and supercomputers, think of IBM's Watson, a revolutionary AI run supercomputer that can literally win a game of Jeopardy against the best. Speaking of Watson, according to TechRepublic, IBM announced Watson can be used in Cyber Security. IBM stated Watson could fill a variety of positions within the Cyber Security field. IBM also announced Watson-powered digital assistants.
That's a small taste of where we are now, let's get a bigger taste of where we are now. Google's AI has conquered a couple of complex games, one is China's game of Go, and the other was Texas Hold 'Em poker. Reported in Wired back in March of 2016, Google's AI successfully beat "genius" Lee Sedol at Go. The AI was called AlphaGo and it did a number on Lee Sedol in 5/5 games of Go, winning 4/5 games.
Google's AI then took on top-class players in no limit Texas Hold 'Em poker at The Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, PA. All this per Wired, Libratus was the name of this AI, which at one point held a cozy $701,242 lead over its competitors, one of them Korean player named Dong Kim. Kim specialized in this type of Poker and told Wired "I didn't realize how good it was until today. I felt like I was playing against someone who was cheating, like it could see my cards." Kim did say he wasn't implying Google was cheating, just that it was amazing how good Libratus is.
Staying on the Google route here, Google's DeepMind AI was tested to play a game, the game is called "Gathering". After the AI played the game, Google warned that AI can be "highly aggressive" when stressed, or simply put into a certain situation. This test was the AI played against itself pretty much, where they had to collect "apples", and as soon as the "apple" supply started to dwindle the AI's started to fight each other over the available "apples" by firing "lasers" at each other. This is no joke, Google released this today. This is all according to Science Alert, which also has a video of the gameplay.
With all that being said, one can only guess and imagine the possibilities of AI in the future. Are we going to have a world where we always have a digital assistant? It is very very possible that we'll be able to control almost anything we interact with on a daily basis with AI, and with smart homes becoming more popular, that idea is not far fetched at all,
Uber's CEO says his driverless Uber cars mixed with robots could be the pizza delivery if the future, according to CNBC. Travis Kalanick stated in that article, "Imagine now a car that is delivering food, but doesn't have a driver. How do you get the food? You would come down and get it, but if you have three kids, you want someone to bring it up. And at some point there is going to be a humanoid that crawls up your stairs, and hands you your pizza." Quick question out of that, how does the "humanoid" know how to get in your house?
AI has great potential and extreme opportunity for good, but also has the same for bad. AI could go the "Terminator" route; by being militarized, becoming self aware, and then declaring a full out extermination of the human race. AI may take the "War Games" route, where an AI named Joshua is in control of the US nuclear arsenal, and it places a game called "Thermo-nuclear War", (which US and USSR thought was real), and Joshua learned the only winning move was not to play. AI could back fire on smaller scales by shutting down a business or a bank, or it could carry out small, isolated attacks if it gets in a situation or glitches. AI could be hacked by the wrong people and used in everyone of those ways just mentioned, well maybe not extermination of the human race, but use for warfare or a terrorist attack.
Here are a couple videos talking about the potential dangers AI could pose in the future:
Video source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5SMoG54k_w
A good video here from CNBC on not just risks, but potential.
Elon Musk, mentioned in the Fox Business video above, came out today and basically said that humans will have to merge with machines eventually. Musk who is no stranger to wild ideas claims we'll need to by cyborgs to stay relevant in the future, which sadly may have some truth to it. This is per CNBC along with this video on Musk's statements:
AI is our future, it's another part of the Internet of Things, which is our present and our future. AI can benefit human civilization in many ways, AI can increase productivity and efficiency of entire industries, and it can also help advance and strengthen the military substantially. Militarization and developing the AI to be to smart, could lead into big trouble. Us humans are going to have to tame AI and use self control to find the balance between benefit and defense.