The Uncontrollable Machines
Technologic advancements have been instrumental to the global economic growth for many decades or centuries. Specifically, the computer has now become the cornerstone of every economy in the world with multinational corporations, small and medium enterprises, not for profit and for profit institutions as well as the government have immensely embraced computer technology. Notably, computer technology has enabled many businesses to cut costs and hence improve profitability. However, the recent past changes in technology appear dangerous to the existence of humanity. For example, the idea of Artificial intelligence involves creation machines that can learn and respond to the environmental demands without the help of human beings. The concept of AI combined with Internet of Things hence involving the challenges associated with big data can lead to machines that become super intelligence beyond the control of human beings. Thus, the inception of highly sophisticated concepts such as Artificial Intelligence or the Internet of Things the previously highly beneficial technologic advancement might become detrimental to the world by creating irreversible concepts.
The business world is one of the fields that needs computer advancements to cut essential costs or reduce wastage, among other uses hence increase the amounts of profits realized from transactions. In addition, non-government institutions and governmental agencies are required to deliver improved services: hence they have increase efficiency. Thus, such institutions heavily use computer technology in production, managing inventories and marketing, among others purposes. In this regard, most of the business and not-for profit institutions use some of the most sophisticated systems to ensure that they can perform their roles as expected. For instance, many business organizations possess inventory management systems, which can establish the need to order or produce a certain item when the inventory levels fall below a certain points. In addition, many of the governments in the world have implemented e- platforms to ensure to improve citizens’ accessibility. Therefore, the business world as well as governments have been able to realize immense success emanating from implementing innovative computing concepts.
Concepts such as artificial intelligence have found immense application in medicine, finance, manufacturing, and security sectors because of their increased potential to cut expenses, as well as improve efficiency and efficacy. For instance, use of wielding robots in a motor factory highly increases the speed of production and significantly reduces the margin of error. In addition, Artificial Intelligence enables firms to enjoy improved reliability, because unlike human beings, machines do not fall sick neither do they become angry hence any time wastage form such events can be avoided. Thus in the recent past, the idea of artificial intelligence has gained increased popularity in the business and governmental realms especially with the inception of Internet of Things.
Currently, the intelligent machines are used in fields such as education, military, manufacturing, management, risk analysis and mitigation. In education, computers that mimic human beings using online information hosted online have started replacing the traditional teacher. On the other hand, complex military operations are analyzed and conducted using the help of high level intelligent computers. For instance, drones are largely utilized in the modern world front. Notably, a small level of inaccuracy can lead to detrimental impacts to humanity For example, a drone that releases its weapons before reaching the targeted areas can lead to loss of innocent lives In addition, an inappropriately programmed robot can expose unwanted content such as pornographic materials to minors. Thus, such excessive reliance of machines is considered requires immense control of humans to ensure that the expected results can be realized.
The recent introduction of internet of things to the concept of artificial intelligence has complicated the issue of human machine control and introduced a wide range of inaccuracies. Internet of Thing (IoT) involves an expansive network of equipment and intelligent computers to create machines that can interact with the environment without the help of human beings. For instance, the technology, which is at its inception stages is expected to support the creation of driverless vehicles that will operate in a similar manner as the conventional auto mobiles. In addition, the vehicle will be able to coordinate its activities with other devices in the network. For example, the ringing of the alarm in the morning, could start the vehicle at the parking lot in preparation to take off after fifteen minutes may be if that is the routine of the owner. Notably, such an idea can be phenomenal to the business world because of its ability to immensely reduce operational costs, as well as minimize time wastage. However, the concept of internet of things introduces the problem of Big Data, which is highly difficult to manage because of sampling. The concept of Internet of Things as noted above involves connection of an increased number of machines and equipment, which generate increasingly large amounts of data. Thus, man must analyze such data to establish the manner in which are leaning and communicating in the network.
Analysis of large volumes of data is currently becoming a challenge because of the difficulties in sampling. It is extremely difficult to identify the best tools for data analysis when huge volumes are involved because the existing tools of data analysis possess a limitation in the sample size they can take, which are inadequate to provide significant information about the amount of data expected data to be generated by IoT. In this regard, at some point man is expected to lose control of intelligent computers. Thus, in future, the behavior of intelligent machines remains unpredictable and many think that such machines will start working against humanity.
Loss of control to intelligent machines by humanity is thought to be one of the most dangerous things to happen to humanity. Currently, Artificial Intelligence is applied in most many fields including the mission critical areas. For instance, most of the nuclear weapon technology are highly automated with high level of automation starting from manufacturing to operation. In this regard, machines beyond the control of humanity can introduce bugs in the manufacturing process or operation hence lead to a wide range of dangerous outcome, such as loss of innocent lives. In addition, the example of automated vehicles highlighted above can lead to unavoidable accidents if control is to be totally lost. Thus, loss of control to human beings is expected to result to a wide range of devastating impacts to humanity in future.
One of the expected phenomenon in future regards increase of machines that will require immense resources to produce and operate hence pose massive threat to humanity. For instance, it is expected that intelligent machines will learn to create more intelligent machines. Thus, without the control of smart machines, human beings will not be able to regulate the manner in which such devices create others in terms of errors and population. In this regard, machines will start competing with human beings for essential resources, such as minerals that are highly important in the creation of such devices and to human beings as well. In addition, such machines will become too many such that they start competing with human beings for space. Furthermore, some machines will start using essential resources, such as oxygen hence pose a direct threat to humanity. Therefore, in future, man will face extinction at the expense of smart devices that will run out of his control.
In future, machines that will directly attack human beings are also expected to appear. For instance, intelligent machines controlling the production of chemical for consumption in factory will may because of bugs start using the wrong formulas, which is expected to lead to poisonous chemicals. In addition, a lot of people are expected to die from security dedicated intelligent machines that will start identifying innocent persons as enemies hence attack them. It is also expected that some smart machines will start releasing lethal materials, such as gamma rays, to the environment, which will cause tremendous harm to human beings. Thus, the future of humanity is at high risk of extinction, because of attack from smart machines.
A combination of direct attacks and competition of essential resources among other risks from out of control intelligent machines will pose immense danger to the existence of the human race. In this regard, it is vital for man to adopt technological advancement with a lot of caution or else they will become a force to reckon with in future. Concepts such as artificial intelligence and internet of things should be controlled with stringent international policies in the same manner as to that of nuclear weapons. In addition, experts in the field of computers should start exploring efficient means of analyzing Big Data to acquire meaningful insights about what might transpire in future. Failure to adopt such kind of measures leaves mankind highly exposed to extinction in future considering the current heavy adoption of artificial of intelligence.