a reply to: solargeddon
You have to love the fear that immediately got expressed by academia at the emergance of a true artificial intelligence. This is a benchmark which
has been the focus of numerous studies, and a great deal of attention globally, from researchers and futurists, and robotics engineers and God knows
how many other sources, since most of the industries which might be effected by the idea have existed.
Personally speaking, I believe that ALL technologies, programs, ideas and inventions can be used for good or for ill, and that the potential of a
thing being used for ill does NOT make its invention automatically negative. I also believe that the reaction from academia is inappropriate at this
time. Like a no smoking sign at a petrol forecourt, this fearmongering is only instructional to the small minority of halfwits who lack the foresight
to have come to the same conclusion, that it is POSSIBLE for an artificial intelligence program to be used for nefarious purposes, and the seriousness
of the implications of that possibility.
However, it should be stated, loudly, that the possibilities presented by true artificial intelligence also carry some very positive elements, which
must not be ignored. The human race currently faces challenges which threaten its existence in the very long term, like nuclear incidents, which
despite occupying less and less news time, are still ongoing. Dealing with challenges like this will require ever more effective and intelligent
machines and technologies, to make dealing with these issues safer for human beings, and faster to boot.
Sending a robot with the ability to discern both a problem, and its solution, into a situation which would be immediately lethal for a human being,
would help in solving or mitigating these difficult problems. It is also perfectly possible that the same intelligence, utilised differently, could be
applied to raiding bank accounts, or causing nuclear meltdowns at atomic facilities all over the world.
However, just as life saving medical treatment is good for the patient, but allegedly bad for the size of populations and national debt levels, this
technology is only as dangerous as the people that use it. So the important thing, is that the people who utilise this new form of intelligence, must
be carefully monitored to ensure that the technology is not misused.
Furthermore, it is important that the individual intelligences which are created in the future, are carefully monitored to ensure that they are not
abused, or forming bad habits. Caring for, and steering the education and the development of these intelligences should be paramount going forward. If
we are to bring intelligences into being, whether they be flesh or machine, we must nurture those intelligences, provide outlet for expression, and
promote good values in the "hearts" of the resulting being.
This emergance however, does bring up some interesting questions, or rather, make gaining answers to them more urgent. What is the soul, what is
intelligence, what is life.... these questions will have to be answered sooner rather than later. The one advantage we have now, that we did not
before, is that the tools to answer these questions are closer at hand WITH access to true AI, than they were when we were without that access.
Its a brave new world. Lets be brave with it!