In today’s high tech industrialization, the focus remains to create and produce the next
best iphone or roomba. Now more than ever, the time spent generating an invention and
assessing its impact can be short. Within less than two decades since 2000 the humanity’s
progress equals that of the entire 20th century. Development is constantly created back in the
worklabs as great leaps towards the smartest technology are made, that is artificial intelligence.
According to Don Brandeis, it is estimated that by 2020 a $1000 computer will have the same
processing power as the human brain. Later, by 2030 a personal laptop will be equal to a
thousand human brains. Technology is becoming more sophisticated by day, enabled to
filter,sort, and make decisions at a global scale. Warfare, policing ,and healthcare are becoming
increasingly automated causing much of society to rely on artificial intelligence. Our reliance on
technology today is a great reason to look into the moral grounds of AI. Unfortunately, to
humanity’s disadvantage AI lacks emotions, in other terms it has no moral compass . AI can
become a threat for global security in the near future. For this reason ethical issues on AI like
unemployment and security have surfaced.
The underlying ethical issues in Artificial Intelligence are centered on how
self-determining machines are bound to alter the way people work and live. Certainly, deciding
what jobs humans should assume as automated jobs take over is an issue. Perhaps, what follows
is cognitive labour or some other non-laborious activities that will benefit society in different
ways. Thanks to technology the quality of human life is much better than it was just ten years
ago,but what about in the future? With fewer humans needed in the workforce how will humans
provide for themselves? The future seems to hold a widening wealth-gap seems with most
AI-companies and their founders retaining most of the wealth.
Another worrying ethical issue is establishing AI security from future disasters. evil
turning robots might just belong in Hollywood movies for now, but not unimaginable.
Supercomputers have to capability to do incredible things like building skyscraper as well as
eradicating entire countries. In the end, clear and bounded instructions are are what will prevent
computer from turning malicious appliances. On that same note, the idea on whether AI will one
day dominate over humans is serious matter. After all, autonomous machines do not have
switches. In my opinion the best way to avoid this from happening is to implement certain
human dependency in all machines like driverless aircraft.
To what extent AI will affect humans is still uncertain however, the time to act is now
to protect humanity from unintended consequences.