Hey my friends, this is the article 46 / 1000! For those who don’t know me, my name is Selim Chehimi and I’m an engineering student. I’ve been programming for 7 years now so you can tell that I really enjoy that. Those 7 years of programming lead me to Artificial Intelligence. I really want to be involved in AI so that’s the reason why I’m sharing this article with you. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Today, we’ll be talking about Artificial Intelligence and how it could help humanity.
To begin with, I would like to discuss machine learning. In traditional programming, you must explain to the computer in detail what you want it to do. That’s what an algorithm is: a set of instructions you give to the computer. On the contrary, with machine learning, you program the computer to learn by itself. That’s the revolution! We may not be aware of it, but machine learning is already an integral part of our daily lives, from the product choices that Amazon offers us to our Facebook feed. Nowadays, Artificial Intelligence is not visible, but if it suddenly disappears, you will remark it immediately.
Many people fear AI and machine learning because they are afraid that they take their jobs. This fear is founded and even Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Elon Musk are concerned about the possible overthrow of humanity by advanced artificial intelligence (Superintelligence). Nevertheless, scientists are increasingly looking ahead to the ways in which AI might aid people’s lives. In my opinion, if society approaches AI with a more open mind, the technologies emerging from the field could profoundly transform society for the better in the coming decade. Its potential effects are on several aspects of life, including transportation, healthcare, education and public safety. Artificial Intelligence will help make humans smarter and more effective. For example, AI chess programs have helped make human chess players much better! If AI can help humans become better chess players, then it can probably help us become better pilots, better doctors, better judges, better teachers. In other words, we should consider AI as a tool that can help humanity get better and not as a threat that is going to destroy mankind. I firmly believe that if we nicely develop AI Safety, then our future will be safe. In fact, one of the hardest question to answer is how to get robots to understand what humans really want. Scientists might solve this communication problem by designing AI that can watch humans and learn what their values are through their actions (even though that comes with some uncertainty as humans don’t always act in ways aligned with their values).
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