The promise of artificial intelligence is that it will make decisions faster. But what happens if it makes bad decisions faster? We are trying to replicate human skills that have evolved for millions of years, and yet we cannot predict accurately what decisions AI will come up with. Just say AI progresses to a point where it is smarter than human beings. Where will that leave us ? Answer – as virtual slaves to machines.
My own reaction to this is to invoke Epicurean moderation. There are clearly activities for which artificial intelligence can be a benefit to the world – and others where it is yet another challenge to peace of mind.
And yet…..and yet…… I have been sitting here, having invoked moderation, trying to think what applications of AI I could actually support and find useful. But I don’t want an AI-equipped machine to cook for me, drive for me, buy tickets to a concert for me, or book foreign holidays, either. As you get older you need use your brain and what memory you have left. Use-it-or-lose-it. Even at its most benign a fast- thinking machine potentially removes the need to think for yourself. So I will give AI a pass, (that is if I have an, unlikely, say in the matter).
Oh, just remembered (without AI): happy Thanksgiving!