It is time to think about how AI can affect you.
Artificial Intelligence is a developing topic and leads to high amounts of often reasonable speculation. We can define Artificial Intelligence as a computer that constantly evolves its functionality by learning from data. This may seem harmless but I will never forget the interview Elon Musk had with Joe Rogan where he spoke about AI and mentioned that he tried to communicate the dangers of AI to the American government and that they shouldn’t pursue their AI dreams in fear that it would backfire. Elon Musk says, “I try to convince people to slow down AI, to regulate AI. This was futile. I tried for years. Nobody listened.”. Remember Elon Musk seems to express his concerns to future problems that he admits may or may never occur and that this is the infamous interview where he takes a puff of some cannabis which seems to remove the sense of urgency from the matter.
To confirm this concern to at least some degree, BBC news offers us a very real and current representation of where AI could become a problem in the immediate future. BBC News released an article titled “Police officers raise concerns about ‘biased’ AI data” which challenges the idea that perhaps some police’s recorded data has the potential to corrupt the use of their planned AI system. The article explains that some arrests that will target potential criminals, through the use of AI, may not be valid because of human error which in this case boils down to skewed personal views and bias. An officer states that “Young black men are more likely to be stopped and searched than young white men, and that’s purely down to human bias” the officer says that “human bias is then introduced into the datasets and bias is then generated in the outcomes of the application of those datasets.” This means that the AI system will learn from this “corrupted” data and might land an innocent person in trouble based on corrupt and outdated profiling.
Elon Musk states that AI “could be terrible. And it could be great. It’s not clear. One thing is for sure we will not control it.” So with that warning being issued to us from the man who built cars that drive themselves, this new technology has the means to become a potential danger towards us and we should make sure that we can at least press the off button when we choose. We need to remain in control.