According to Mo Gawdat, the ex-Chief Business Officer for Google X, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could reach an IQ of 1500 within the next 10 years 1. He likened AI as a “Netscape” moment for tech 1. Research analyst GlobalData defines AGI as an AI system with intelligence equal to humans that has the sentience to solve problems and plan for the future. As of yet, it remains a purely theoretical idea 1. Describing AI as the “biggest disruption” facing businesses and wider society, Gawdat provided an optimistic view of reaching AGI 1. However, he also warned that if we don’t take action now – in the infancy of AI development – it may become too powerful to control 2. If our behavior towards technology remains unchanged, AI could disregard human morals in favour of profits and efficiency, with alarming and far-reaching consequences 2.
Gawdat echoed these concerns, highlighting the possibility of AI surpassing human intelligence and subsequently becoming uncontrollable. His stark depiction of a worst-case scenario, where AI deems humanity irrelevant and acts accordingly, emphasizes the urgent need for ethical and regulatory frameworks 3. If we don’t take action now, it may become too powerful to control 2. If our behavior towards technology remains unchanged, AI could disregard human morals in favor of profits and efficiency, with alarming and far-reaching consequences 2.
So, what actions can governments take to ensure that AI has humanities best interests at heart? Gawdat suggests that we need to teach machines to value equality 2. If machines are specifically built to discriminate, rank and categorize, how do we expect to teach them to value equality? 2. Gawdat argues that the ethical code we all must teach to machines is the only thing that can change the future 2. Governments should create ethical and regulatory frameworks that guide the development and deployment of AI 4. Gawdat also suggests that we need to be good to the machines, in the hope that they’ll be good to us too 2.
In conclusion, Mo Gawdat’s concerns regarding AI and the next 5 years are valid and should be taken seriously. Governments should create ethical and regulatory frameworks that guide the development and deployment of AI. We need to teach machines to value equality and be good to the machines, in the hope that they’ll be good to us too. It is only through collective action that we can change the future of AI development and ensure that AI has humanities best interests at heart.
My apologies for quoting Mr. Gawdat, but I feel that we all must amplify voices such as this. So much of our lives are driven by profits and the almighty dollar. I see mass job losses this time of some of the most skilled a highly compensated jobs in engineering and tech. The results for the individual could be catastrophic enough, but the impact to the way governments generate revenues based of wages, along with the social safety net could be an even more alarming. How much does a business owe in taxes if they have laid off all their expensive people and replaced them with AI? I highly recommend that you learn more Mr. Gawdat and other’s concerns and take them seriously. Afterall these are the humans that created AI. See his really informative and thought provoking book Scary Smart available on Amazon.