“”We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task,” said Moshe Vardi, director of the Institute for Information Technology at Rice University in Texas.
“I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?” he asked at a panel discussion on artificial intelligence at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Vardi said there will always be some need for human work in the future, but robot replacements could drastically change the landscape, with no profession safe, and men and women equally affected.
“Can the global economy adapt to greater than 50 percent unemployment?” he asked.”
Ah yes. We have doomed ourselves into oblivion. All is lost! What have we done?!
I think what we’ve done is payed attention to Hollywood too much. They have a knack for taking an idea and running with it, making something more than what it is so people will be more apt to watch it. But they’ve also been know to leave irrational lasting impressions. Do you know how many people don’t go into ocean water because of the movie Jaws?
So what am I getting at? That this very well could be the best thing we’ve done for ourselves. Yes, it would require a drastic overhaul of how our society functions. We would have to let go the idea of “having to EARN a living.” But could you imagine? No one being forced to work a job they hate to support themselves/ their family/ whatever else is important to them.
“I believe that society needs to confront this question before it is upon us: If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?” What if this allowed everyone to follow their dreams? See what people have an aptitude for at a young age and encourage it, help it grow. That’s how prodigy’s are born, right? Can you imagine if the best of the best, those with the passion, were in every field in multitudes? Working right along side the AI’s who help with the tasks. So many of us are over worked and over stressed. So many of us have forgotten to enjoy life and see the beauty of it around us because they’re so busy making ends meet. So many of us work crap jobs, and jobs where you’re disrespected every day. That’s how so many of us are tired, irritable, and more that I can’t think of right now.
Why does this have to be a threatening thing? “We are approaching a time when machines will be able to outperform humans at almost any task,” So what? Are our egos so big? Is it SO important for us to have to be “Top Dog” on this tiny little planet of ours? No matter how ridiculous?
And even if they do surpass us, who’s to say they’d put us on the endangered species list? (Though, how many species have we put there ourselves. Just saying.) And how far could they surpass us intellectually if we’re modeling them with our own version of a certain intelligence? I mean, yeah, looks like they’re putting in the mental function of know-how and so show facial features. But will they be able to get to emotion? Will they make rash decisions because of them? Or will they be able to put pieces and ideas together and make decisions based on best outcome without emotional influence? Yes there’s movies like Terminator, The Matrix, and I Robot. But there’s also movies like Wall-e, Short Circuit, and Star Wars. The only thing that is truly threatened are those at the top who have no other skill-set beyond “being at the top”. Those who depend on the money flow pouring in earned on the backs of others. Whether are not we’re doomed, I say, relies solely on us.
So where are we REALLY with AI’S? Take a look! (If you do nothing else with the link below at least watch the 7 minute video at the end.)