AI (Artificial Intelligence): Will it eat the world we know?

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Are you a doomsdayer or an utopian? Do you think AI will kill us all or fix it all?
We are literally destroying the earth that feeds us – hard to believe that we are the most advanced intelligence. The question is more about the kind of intelligence that we think we are the strongest. Is it knowledge, social or emotional?
In the past few months I followed quite a few discussions about intelligence. It was talked about intelligent people as young talents, about intelligent processes and ending with the intelligent enterprise. By listening carefully you will recognize that most of the time there is no clear definition in place about what intelligence in the context it is discussed means.
So before we start discussing the good and bad of the rise of Artificial intelligence and how it will impact the world, keep in mind there are different forms of intelligence. I leave it to you to think about these forms and to discuss it with your friends.
By reading the news about AI, I certainly get the impression, that it is either black or white, the greatest or the worst. But there’s one treat, the bad is so much better to sell. It’s so much easier to get your attention by focusing on the negative impacts it could have. Nowadays we’re more or less conditioned by the news to spend our attention on all the bad things happening on our globe. But do you buy it? Do you believe that there’s nothing good happening out there?
At least when it comes to AI discussions, I see most of the time two parties. The ones that believe it will kill us all and the others that see the potential to fix it all. How do you see it?
What is your picture in mind when you think about AI? Is it more human looking or is it more integrated in your live by machines interacting with you?
Star Trek shows us, how a peaceful living with AI can look like.
But thinking about AI, like building a better us, is more like ExMachina and certainly needs some mind shifting.
So it highly depends on the human factor how AI will evolve and how it will impact the world. So one more time in our history it’s up to us. You can see a few quite popular inventions in humans history that carried a lot of potential for the better but could and has been used for some really awful things as well.
As you can’t force invention you also can’t avoid it. As long there are humans, invention is going its way. So the big question is, how do we deal with it.
We’re living in an age that is dominated by more disruptive innovation than ever before. We need to learn how to handle innovation and ensure that we can use it to make the world a better place. Damn we have to use it to fight poverty, hunger and save our environment. We can’t continue as there’s unlimited resource for the developed countries and forget about everything else.
It’s time to have an open discussion around the globe about how to ensure that innovations and the related potential is used for the better and how we can avoid or at least limit the downside.
I‘m not sure if regulations are the right handle but we need something that serves as a frame and gives some ethical and moral boundaries.
We‘ll need some controls that prevents misuse of this technology.
As long as that’s not in place enterprises need to step in and create a kind of safeguarding mechanism.
One more point is, that a very privileged few are building an AI that will first impact a lower social stand.
The question is how to get all ethics, different cultures on all levels involved.
So we just need a true global collaboration project without the governmental politics. That shouldn’t be that hard.
Would love to hear your thoughts. Are we going for doomsday or utopia?

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