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Why Are People So Excited About Artificial Intelligence?

Many of today’s tech gurus have pontificated just how great artificial intelligence is going to be in our society. After all, anyone with half a brain can point to how technological advances have been a huge benefit to mankind in general. Right?

We have seen the effects of Moore’s Law – and how quickly data has grown over the years. In fact, it grew to the point that Moore’s Law was no longer applicable anymore.

The next question is how many AI advances have you actually checked out over the last few years? And have you really evaluated just how much value these advancements are going to add to our lives? Most of the time when we look closer we see the people that are touting the greatness of AI, we discover that these individuals usually have a vested interest of seeing AI succeed – at least in the specific project that the given individual is reporting about.

Why have we human beings been so quick to embrace AI in our lives? Do we secretly want to see a “Star Trek” world come to life before our very eyes? Do higher technologies make us feel more intelligent? For some reason, society at large is very quick to allow such developments to come into their lives. Yet the very same people would be very resistant to allowing a salesperson into their home who is peddling reverse mortgages.

Review these recent stories regarding AI and ask yourself to honest – are you eager to see these kinds of things come into your world? Or are you believing the most recent high tech carnival barker?

Stephen Hawking: Artificial intelligence could wipe out humanity when it gets too clever as humans will be like ants | The Independent

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/stephen-hawking-artificial-intelligence-could-wipe-out-humanity-when-it-gets-too-clever-as-humans-a6686496.htmlStephen Hawking has warned that artificially intelligent machines could kill us because they are too clever. Such computers could become so competent that they kill us by accident, Hawking has warned in his first Ask Me Anything session on Reddit. Stephen Hawking: Artificial intelligence could wipe out humanity when it gets too clever as humans will be like ants | The Independent

AI Advances Worry the World’s Brightest Minds

https://bigthink.com/ideafeed/ai-advances-worry-the-worlds-brightest-mindsConcerned that extreme advances in artificial intelligence could endanger humanity, Elon Musk—founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX—donated ten million dollars this week to safeguard humans from an “intelligence explosion.” AI Advances Worry the World’s Brightest Minds | Big Think

Is Society Prepared to Handle Tough Questions Surrounding AI?

https://bigthink.com/david-ryan-polgar/ai-could-lead-to-a-dystopian-future-can-we-ensure-that-doesnt-happenLike many individuals thinking about our future with AI, such as Elon Musk and Bill Gates, Ashman advocates towards a more nuanced view of how we think of the future. “I take a very optimistic view of what artificial intelligence could do for us in the future. We don’t have to think of this as a black and white subject.” Is Society Prepared to Handle Tough Questions Surrounding AI? | Big Think

Russia and AI: Why Election Tampering Will Only Get Worse

https://bigthink.com/videos/amaryllis-fox-russia-and-ai-why-global-election-tampering-will-only-get-worseThis is something that, actually when you think about it, seems almost irresponsible not to do, to a certain extent. So if the United States has a perspective around which country is going to sponsor attacks here in American territory and which candidate in a given government will not, clearly the United States is going to have a perspective there. Russia and AI: Why Election Tampering Will Only Get Worse | Big Think

‘Killer Robot’ Lab Faces Boycott from Artificial Intelligence Experts

https://www.livescience.com/62229-boycott-against-killer-robotics-lab.htmlThe artificial intelligence (AI) community has a clear message for researchers in South Korea: Don’t make killer robots. Nearly 60 AI and robotics experts from almost 30 countries have signed an open letter calling for a boycott against KAIST, a public university in Daejeon, South Korea, that has been reported to be “develop[ing] artificial intelligence technologies to be applied to military weapons, joining the global competition to develop autonomous arms,” the open letter said. ‘Killer Robot’ Lab Faces Boycott from Artificial Intelligence Experts

Elon Musk wants you to watch this movie about the dangers of AI

https://www.cnet.com/news/do-you-trust-this-computer-elon-musk/If that isn’t news to you, it may be because Elon Musk tweeted to draw the world’s attention to the movie’s availability. The SpaceX and Tesla founder has long been a vocal opponent of artificial intelligence. In the past, Musk has suggested that AI competition between countries such as China and Russia could lead to World War III. Elon Musk wants you to watch this movie about the dangers of AI – CNET

 

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