Recently I have been reflecting on AI. You might say AI is an extension of human thinking in the same way that the plastic duck is an extension of human thinking and hand.
AI worries us the most because when we make a plastic duck we do not build it in a way that it might attack us in our bath or start conversing with us. But AI is being developed as a conversationist and as a lethal weapon.
The AI of the future will fight wars, carry out policing jobs, wipe arses and drive trains. Driven more by
the marketplace than by science, the armaments industry and the entertainment industry might play the biggest role in AI’s development. To presumably run side-by-side with AI for universal good, like medicine, rescue etc, not to forget serving as sexual partners and providing a dose of company for the lonely.
But consider for one moment: maybe we should be fearful, but imagine what benefits AI could bring to the arguments about gender, race, class, religion and the enormous psychological damage and limitations that humanity carries around with itself.
Think of all the problems we have not managed to sort out because of our appetites and needs and desires. We are still drawn madly to consume way beyond what we need. The driven among us still want all the money and property and worldly goods they can lay their hands on. In spite of the fact that millennia ago Jesus reminded us that a Musk, a Bezos, or a Trump has less chance of getting into Heaven than that camel passing through the eye of a needle.
So as we have yet to sort out poverty, climate and numerous other risky issues, because human appetites get in the way, we may have to leave it to humanity mark II – humanoids – to get it right. For as AI is man-made, it is therefore an extension of us.