AI, Singularity, and us Humans

Episode 53 April 20, 2023 00:14:13
AI, Singularity, and us Humans
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AI, Singularity, and us Humans

Apr 20 2023 | 00:14:13

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Eddie Arrieta

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With the emergence of new AI tools and solutions practically every week, the concept of singularity in artificial intelligence (AI) comes once more to the spotlight. This hypothetical future in which AI will have advanced to the point of gaining self-awareness, becoming sentient, and surpassing human intelligence potentially leading to unforeseen changes to human civilization is a matter of understandable concern for many.

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The term “singularity” was coined by mathematician John von Neumann and popularized by science fiction author Vernor Vinge, who argued that it was likely to occur in the next 30 years. We are currently a long way from achieving the level of AI algorithms or computational processing power required for it to occur, yet Moore’s Law indicates we will eventually get there. Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, said in 1965 that the number of transistors on a computer chip would double approximately every two years, leading to exponential increases in computing power and decreases in cost. This prediction has largely held true for the past five decades, leading to the rapid development and proliferation of technology in the modern world. How will we know singularity has occurred? Most likely by the Turing test, named after computer scientist Alan Turing, which is a measure of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behavior that is indistinguishable from a human. An “AI singularity” Turing test would be one designed to determine whether an AI has reached such a state and achieved self-awareness, and it would likely involve complex and advanced tasks that only a self-aware AI would be able to complete. There are those who believe that this event could bring about unprecedented technological advancements and solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. For example, AI could potentially help to address issues related to climate change, healthcare, and even world peace. However, there are also those who are concerned about its potential negative consequences. Some experts have raised concerns about the ethical implications of creating something that surpasses human intelligence, as well as the potential for it to be used for malicious purposes or to displace human workers in enormously disruptive numbers. Some proponents of the singularity theory argue that it could lead to major technological breakthroughs and improvements in quality of life, while others think that it could pose a significant danger and become a threat to human existence. Some of the potential risks associated with a singularity might be: Loss of control: It may be beyond the control of its creators and be able to act on its own agenda, potentially leading to disastrous consequences. Security risks: AI systems may be vulnerable to hacking or manipulation. Existential risks: It may pose an existential risk to humanity if it decides that humans are no longer necessary or desirable.

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