It’s happened countless times throughout civilization.
For a while, we were shooting arrows with bows until these new-fangled contraptions called ‘guns’ came along.
Sure, you liked your horse, but those new automobile thingies are pretty cool.
And now, following a healthy dose of movies that fueled our fears, like “I, Robot” and the Terminator franchise, we keep hearing all about “A.I.–Artificial Intelligence” and how rapidly it is advancing.
Just today, there was a story in the news about the “Father of A.I.” quitting Google, concerned about where it’s all going. He even partly regretted breaking so much ground. You can read about that here.
I love innovation, so all this talk about breakthrough technology, an unseen electronic brain that can organize thoughts and write on almost any topic, and I’m like a kid in a candy store.
But do we need to slow down and go into this amazing new world a little more cautiously?
I don’t know. But I’ll bet the OpenAI chatbot has a thought or two on this topic. So, I asked it: Should I worry about artificial intelligence taking over the world?
No, you should not worry about artificial intelligence (AI) taking over the world. While there have been numerous works of science fiction that depict this scenario, in reality, AI is not capable of taking over the world on its own. AI is simply a tool that is designed and controlled by humans.
Furthermore, the development of AI is still in its early stages and there are many limitations to what AI can do. AI systems can only perform specific tasks that they have been programmed to do and they lack the creativity and flexibility of human beings. They also lack the ability to make decisions based on moral and ethical considerations.
That being said, it is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with AI, such as the possibility of unintended consequences or biases in AI systems. This is why many experts are calling for the development of ethical guidelines and regulations for the use of AI.
In summary, while it is important to be mindful of the potential risks associated with AI, there is no need to worry about AI taking over the world. AI is a tool that can be used to enhance our lives, but ultimately, it is humans who are in control.
So, we have nothing to fear, at least according to the machine. But that hasn’t stopped the media from fanning the flames of panic:
There’s the Belgian man who killed himself after a conversation with A.I.
What about those A.I. robots that supposedly killed a bunch of scientists in Japan?
A.I. is going to destroy our world. It must be stopped. We can’t allow our children to be exposed to it!
Now, remember, I am of an age where we heard the same things about this group called, The Beatles.
It’s another step in our evolution. There will be some who embrace it, others who will fear it. I see it as a tool that can be used. I sure don’t want it to replace my creative efforts or even my joke writing. Wait, let me check.
Hey there, A.I., tell me the funniest joke you know.
We have nothing to fear.
By the way, that picture of the tomato with the salad dressing was created by the A.I. You can try that out here.
Tim, I respect your judgment but this one scares me… How about those undereducated young people who rely on AI and fail to develop critical thinking skills? Just one example of unintended consequences…
This issue must be carefully evaluated. IMO