Artificial intelligence and the end of humans

If the history of our cosmos was compressed into 24 hours, the part where humans play a role would encompass all of one second.
But the question is: Will humans even make it into their second second? Or will manmade and”thinking robotsand” — able to produce and repair themselves — wind up being the new masters of the and”second secondand” of Homo sapiensand’ existence? In the big picture, humans are new to the world. And in terms of genetic makeup, 99.5 percent of every human in the world is the same. Which is why, while a and”human raceand” seems a faraway dream right now, it could well be that some hundreds of thousands of years later, there will be new human races made up of robot-like people. In this sense, it might also well be that the 21st century is the final century when humans are dominant, and that the 22nd century is when we start to seem some deep-rooted changes. Siri is the name of the personalized assistant and navigation program designed for Apple IOS operating systems. In fact, since the inception of Appleand’s iOS 5, Siri has been an indispensable aspect of these operating systems. The first Apple iPhone to support this new software — available in English, German and French — was the iPhone 4S that came out in October of 2011. And thanks to an update to the software, Siri is also available in Turkish as of April, thus allowing Turkey to encounter its first Turkish language artificial intelligence program. This is all relevant since Siri is really at the forefront of widely used artificial intelligence. At this point, while only four years old, Siri speaks 16 different languages, putting her (him?) ahead of humans in terms of capacity for languages. After all, humans take years to learn languages. In the meantime, Siriand’s cousins have begun appearing on the market. There is Googleand’s Google Now, introduced in June 2012. There is Windowand’s Cortana, available since March 2014. And since November of 2014, there is the Amazon Echo. In order to use Google Now, one needs a smartphone or tablet that uses the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean version. The 2014 Spike Jones film and”Herand” told the story of a writer who falls in love with an artificial intelligence program. But the reality is, artificial intelligence is really only at its inception stage, perceived by most people as just sort of a fun toy. The question thus becomes, if artificial intelligence is able to transcend its toy-like and service dimensions and actually start thinking and making decisions, what will happen? Scientist Stephen Hawking is quoted as having said at one point and”the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.and” Elon Musk, the CEO of companies SpaceX and Tesla Motors — not to mention being one of the most important entrepreneurs of the 21st century — thinks the same thing. Musk believes artificial intelligence poses a great threat to humanity and that it might in fact arrive at uncontrollable levels so we must thus take some precautions against artificial intelligence before itand’s too late. But at this point, looking to block technological development, or even limit it, doesnand’t look possible, even in light of speculation that it could pose a serious risk to humanity. And this is because global capitalism looks determined to find an educated, obedient and low-cost labor force through technological development. In the end, technological development is going to give us three different realities: robotized humans, thinking robots and invisible but real artificial intelligence.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman