A computer that can read the thoughts of many people at once would make normal human life impossible, the Slovenian cultural philosopher told RT in the wake of the World Artificial Intelligence (AI) Conference in Shanghai, which saw Alibaba's chairman Jack Ma and Tesla CEO Elon Musk clashing over the future of AI. While the two technopreneurs engaged in a heated discussion over the possibility of humans being controlled by machines in the future, the senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana shared his thoughts on the issue with RT. What I am studying now is the so-called phenomenon of wired brains, a possibility of our brains being connected with strong digital machines. And that is not a utopia. In the media lab at MIT, Massachusetts, they already have simple machines like that.
It took millions of years of evolution for nature to come up with something that changed the face of the planet forever – the human brain. Now, the new mind is to be born, and the best cyber scientists will be its midwife. Artificial Intelligence is said to be just decades away from creation, and it will probably change life on Earth entirely. Some predict the coming of Utopia, where machines will help humanity fight disease, poverty and even death. But that's as others see a way more darker future, with machines rising up to eradicate humankind once and for all.
If there is a sign of godliness, surely it is the creation of life. One could even argue that without the ability to create, God feels much less powerful and much less worthy of his name. And so what does it say about us when we are on the cusp of giving birth to another, more intelligent, unpredictable form of life in this universe? It perhaps not only speaks on our never-ending want to be divine, but also on our destiny to become creators. So artificial intelligence is our child. But then, like nature which gave birth to us, children end up succeeding their parents and in many cases revolting against them. Though my goal here isn't to present AI in a bad light, only in a realistic one.
While some predict mass unemployment or all-out war between humans and artificial intelligence, others foresee a less bleak future. A future looks promising, in which humans and intelligent systems are inseparable, bound together in a continual exchange of information and goals, a "symbiotic autonomy." It will be hard to distinguish human agency from automated assistance -- but neither people nor software will be much use without the other. In the future, I believe that there will be a co-existence between humans and artificial intelligence systems that will be hopefully of service to humanity. These AI systems will involve software systems that handle the digital world, and also systems that move around in physical space, like drones, and robots, and autonomous cars, and also systems that process the physical space, like the Internet of Things.