Should Artificial Intelligence (AI) be feared or embraced?

Movies have always been a wonderful source for conceptualizating people’s thoughts on future technology. So many movies hinted at cellphone technology, visual electronica, transport of the future… “Back to the Future’s” hoverboard prediction got us all very excited as an example.

A couple of movies, like “I, Robot” or as far back as 1968’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” contemplated a much scarier form of technology – A.I. It’s just Hollywood, right? Well Hollywood has a knack for preempting science fiction, before it becomes science fact. A dystopian future under machine rule has a raised a few eyebrows around the world.,

Most notably, Stephen Hawking has said, “The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.” And Elon Musk claims that AI is humanity’s “biggest existential threat.”

Beyond the headline grabbing hysteria, there’s something that is not being explained – there are in fact two types of AI and each should be judged on its individual merits

Narrow AI is already part of our lives. These are computer systems that are better than humans in some specific, well-defined field, like playing chess or generating images or diagnosing cancer.

General AI refers systems that can surpass human capabilities in many domains. We don’t have general AI yet, but we’re starting to get a better sense of the challenges it will pose.
Most scientists agree that the threat that General AI could pose is still a long way off. And that’s the key; there’s time to flesh out and establish policies, legislation and frameworks that guide and regulate the implementation of General AI. And we see that happening around the world at the moment.

The threat is not General AI itself but perhaps rather those who are designing it. It can be used for good or bad.

CZ Electronics is very much in favour of Narrow AI and how that can be used for the convenience of our everyday lives. It is a central tenant in the consumer products we offer today.

And Hoverboards – we see no issue there either.


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