Artificial intelligence is already having an impact on almost every industry and human being. Today, AI has transformed our lives, from voice recognition devices to intelligent chatbots. This amazing technology has brought many good and bad things into our lives, and it will have an even greater impact in the coming decades. However, every good thing has a drawback, and AI is no exception.
Some of the most respected leaders of science, most notably the late Stephen Hawking, have expressed concern that super-intelligent machines could pose a long-term threat to humanity. Fears of a potentially evil AI or AI gone rogue have been legitimized. While businesses are often eager to take advantage of all that AI has to offer, they may also be concerned about what might happen if AI were to overpower humankind. Regardless of how unlikely that is, with the advancement of AI algorithms and machine learning, it is now a topic worth discussing.
The Emergence of Different Types of AI
AI and its variants are used to devise novel solutions to various problems. This assists in reaching and exceeding human performance in any task. The systems are programmed to play a specific role as well as or better than a human. They have also become more successful in a brief period, which no one could have predicted—for example, beating human opponents in complex games, which experts predicted would take years.
As many are concerned about the power AI may one day wield over humanity, the reality is that top AI academics are equally worried about its more sinister potential. It is past time for people to realize that there will be no more attempts at developing powerful artificial intelligence. Unlike other revolutionary developments for humanity, if this fails, there is no chance to try again and learn from the mistakes. There have already been a few instances of developed AI gone rogue or AI functioning in unexpected ways, creating concern over AI dystopia—for example, Microsoft’s Tay chatbot engaged in misogynistic and racist content within hours of launch. Within 16 hours, Tay was taken offline.
How Will AI Effect Human Society?
There are legitimate reasons to be concerned. Current AI research is overly focused on making advances in a narrow set of domains and pays insufficient attention to the disruptive effects on society’s fabric. If AI technology continues on its current trajectory, it will likely cause social upheaval for at least two reasons. Firstly, AI will have an impact on the future of work. Our current trajectory over-automates work while refusing to invest in human productivity. Further advances will displace workers while failing to create new opportunities and, as a result, miss out on AI’s full potential to boost productivity. Also, AI has the potential to undermine democracy and individual liberties.
The Impact of AI Gone Rogue on Human Society
With the advancement of AI, human labor will be obsolete because everything can be done mechanically. Because the process of evolution takes eons to develop, we will not notice humankind’s regress. But what if AI becomes so powerful that it can program itself to be in charge and disobey orders from its master – the humans? Here’s the predicted impact:
The next step will be unemployment, as many jobs will be replaced by machinery. Many automobile assembly lines are now filled with machines and robots, forcing traditional workers out of work.
Wealth inequality will be created as AI investors take the lion’s share of the earnings. The gap between rich and poor will grow wider. The so-called “M” shape of wealth distribution will become more apparent.
Issues emerge not only in the social sense but also in AI itself, as the AI that is trained and taught how to operate the given task can eventually take off to the point where human control is lost, resulting in unanticipated problems and consequences. It refers to AI’s ability to function autonomously after being loaded with all necessary algorithms, ignoring the command given by the human controller.
Origin of racial and egocentric bots
The human creators of AI may create something with racial bias or egocentrically oriented to harm certain people or things. AI has the potential to target specific races or programmed objects to carry out the programmers’ command of destruction, resulting in a global disaster.
The AI revolution is a contentious issue. Many AI experts have openly spoken out about the negative effects of AI gone rogue on human society and asked researchers to investigate the societal effects of AI. The rapid advancement of AI technology necessitates constant regulation and monitoring before the negative consequences become too severe.
AI takeover will be limited to the entertaining plots of dystopian movies and fictional worlds if proper laws protect the users. The omniscient and nearly omnipotent power of AI has been called into question. There may be no definitive answer to the question of AI replacing humans in various industries. Only predictions and observations are available. The future of AI remains hazy, which justifies the question that we are repeatedly asked – will AI replace humans? The answer remains a mystery.