Technological evolution has graced the modern world with many great innovations. The marketing industry was introduced to social media, giving way to effective social media marketing that give businesses a good return on investment. Cars are going electric. We can communicate across oceans and time zones thanks to mobile phones. Our very homes were given smart home systems like Google Home and Alexa. Technology is one of the most fascinating concepts in history, and it is so intriguing in part because it is so expansive. There are so many kinds of technology, so many different functions and origins of it, that it is impossible to sum them all up in the same way. what is likely the most important common factor between all kinds of technological advancement is that they are each evolutionary, with a few being revolutionary. The most daunting technology that we are facing currently is artificial intelligence.
AI technology is by far one of the most intriguing and palpable of recent technological innovations. Designed by human hands, AI is created with the purpose of imitating human intelligence, but with a more structured core. Since the dawn of its inception, AI has been the subject of heated debate time and again, with some arguing that the intelligent technology poses an immediate threat to humanity’s very survival, while others reason that the tech is forged from human hands and therefore can be eliminated by human hands (should it ever become a problem). The issue with both sides of the argument is not that either one of them is wrong, but that they are both right. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, it is the most difficult situation to be in, as neither side of the argument is entirely correct and neither of them is entirely wrong, either. It is unique.
Technology has begun to reach that pivotal point where it has started to behave and even react intelligently, sometimes with unpredictable reactions that even the minds behind the mechanics do not understand, try as they might. It is this moment in time where it all goes horribly wrong in every film, television series, or book written on the subject, but fortunately we ultimately have control over the outcome. We just have to respect and understand that we hold the power.
The future of humanity is set to peak when we upload our brain matter, our very consciousness, to a computer or device, or even going so far as to accept the idea that technology is the next natural step in evolution. We create it, so we pass, it takes its place where we once stood. It sounds far-fetched to some, but for others it is a vision of the future that they have been dreading for years upon years. For now, though, we can rest easy knowing that AI may have the potential to evolve and destroy us, but we created them…and surely any errors in AI’s wake are just extensively the errors of human hands. We must simply be careful, be aware, and be wary of our own potential to create an artificial intelligence that has the potential to destroy us.