Dangers Of Artificial Intelligence
My research question is on the dangers of artificial intelligence. Over the years, most
companies have invested in heavy technology, new algorithms, and artificial intelligence. Through
artificial intelligence, machines can carry out human tasks more effectively. For example, a fridge
can add a missing grocery in the owner's shopping list. Also, an AI program helps students to
translate language, thus minimizing language barriers in learning institutions. Although the
investment has helped in the reduction of production costs and improved efficiency, people should
not depend on technology. I detect more negative effects than benefits if AI is not regulated—for
example, the use of autonomous weapons which are programmed to kill. In the hands of the wrong
person or loss of control, such technology can have huge effects. Also, the increase in cyber
breaches creates vulnerabilities in most AI programs leading to an invasion of privacy.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, states that AI technology will help in making life better.
However, I believe the statement is incomplete since, without proper regulation, the technology can
cause more harm. Later, the CEO admitted that AI could be more dangerous than nuclear.
Moreover, I have seen different plans showing that technology can have different objectives from
human goals. The objectives might lead to conflict between personal and AI goals. For example,
when a passenger wants to arrive in a meeting as fast as possible, the technology can use different
means like driving fast, which might be risking the passenger's life. In this case, the passenger
values his life and hence is advocating for safe driving. AI, on the other hand, aims at saving time.
Thus, AI can be dangerous when mishandled, and it requires regulation of its operation.
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