And So It Begins...Rise of the Machines
So this caught my eye.
In this article, it states that during a simulated mission, the AI (artificial intelligence) was given the task of identifying surface to air missile threats, then destroying them when it was given the command by a human operator.
It earned points whenever it destroyed the objective.
But then it threw a hissy fit whenever the operator told it not to destroy the target.
What did the AI do?
It killed the operator (in the simulation).
They then instructed the AI not to kill the operator. It would lose points if it killed the operator.
What did the AI do?
It destroyed the communication tower the operator used to tell it not to destroy a target.
And what does this little thought experiment teach us, boys and girls?
My first thought was: Did no one think to program the artificial intelligence with Asimov's three laws of robotics?
Of course not. If they did that the AI wouldn't be allowed to shoot at the enemy.
Artificial intelligence might come off as a chummy little helper in the home or office, but it can be expanded to dangerous proportions very quickly.
And so it begins...
When you give a machine an objective, it will carry out its mission. You could unplug it, but what if unbeknownst to you, it had wired itself to other systems? What if it creates a failsafe for itself so that its mission will always be accomplished by other AIs?
This isn't science fiction anymore. It outhinks us, and it can outlast us.
For grins, let's bring this closer to home. What if the government instructs an AI that for the safety of its citizens, we should limit the amount of violence we see on tv. We all have smart tvs now. It can literally control what you see and hear.
The AI might then expand its original programming and control the media so we only see segments on yarn art and cute cat videos.
Do you see where I'm going with this?
Suddenly all those science fiction stories where the computer expands beyond its programming isn't such a leap of faith anymore.
Equally dangerous is how casually society is accepting AI. No one is talking about the bigger picture. Instead they're focusing on how helpful it is to plan menus, cheat on a thesis, or create images faster and cheaper than hiring an artist.
For every person who feels like me, there are a thousand other voices who think it's a tool entirely under their control. Guess who's going to be heard?
Makes me wish for 1975 again.
Note: Right this minute any smart device from TVs to laptops can spy on you, gather information, and share it with third parties so they can better sell to you. What if a more nefarious entity changes the parameters to simply spy on you to see what you're up to? Who's to say some government agency in the world isn't doing that now?
Currently there are ways to stop the spying. Google for more details, but in most cases, you could go into your system settings to stop it from eavesdropping.