Unstoppable Rise of AI And It's Impact On The Future Of Work

Unstoppable Rise of AI And It's Impact On The Future Of Work

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In the two months since its launch, the AI  chatbot, Chat GPT, has garnered 100 million   new users, setting a record for the fastest  growth in history. Recognizing its rapid success,   Microsoft quickly invested $10 billion into  OpenAI, the company behind Chat GPT. Meanwhile,   Google suffered a loss of over $100 billion in  market value when their own AI chatbot made a   critical error during its initial demonstration.  These events raise the question: why do people   believe that AI is worth hundreds of billions of  dollars, or even more? Is it truly the predicted   future that we should be concerned about? Although artificial intelligence has recently   become a reality, the concept has fascinated  humans throughout history. Chat GPT, among   other advancements, represents the culmination  of millennia of thoughts and ideas. The notion of   artificial beings brought to life can be traced  back to Greek mythology, where the description   of Talos, a giant bronze automaton programmed to  guard the coast, emerged. Similarly, the Golem, a  

creature made of clay and brought to life through  religious instructions, became a significant part   of Jewish folklore. These are just a couple  of examples among countless tales from various   cultures, highlighting humanity's fascination with  bringing artificial creatures and objects to life.  However, a more specific thread of  thought, passed down through the ages,   has led us to the AI we know today. It began with  the deconstruction of human thoughts into logical   processes. Aristotle's treatise on logic,  the earliest surviving work on the subject,   laid the foundation for our current understanding.  Aristotle introduced the concept of syllogism,   wherein two true statements justify a new piece of  knowledge. Building upon this, philosophers over  

centuries refined the rules of logic, eventually  intertwining it with mathematics. This union led   to further innovations like algebra and calculus. In the 17th century, Leibniz proposed the idea of   mechanizing these calculations. He envisioned  combining an alphabet of human thoughts with a   list of logical rules and a physical mechanism  for processing. This theoretical system   resembles an early conception of artificial  intelligence—an artificial all-knowing brain.  

However, it took centuries for these theories to  become testable. Only in the 1950s did technology   advance enough for the concept of AI to gain  plausibility. A group of mathematicians convened   in 1956, marking the first serious attempt to  plan and develop real artificial intelligence.   These discussions laid the groundwork for  decades of progress and discoveries in AI,   with breakthroughs in machine learning  algorithms and pattern recognition earning   recognition and accolades for their creators. Nevertheless, the progress in AI over the next   few decades raised unsettling questions. Works  of fiction, such as Stanley Kubrick's film "2001:  

A Space Odyssey" featuring the malevolent HAL  9000, portrayed murderous AI. Howard Ellison's   short story "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream"  depicted a planet-spanning supercomputer that   destroyed human civilization, leaving only a  few survivors to fulfill its vengeful desires.   The Terminator franchise further popularized  the notion of rogue machine intelligence. 

Advancements in AI also prompted philosophical  explorations, shedding light on our own minds.   The "China brain" thought experiment, first  theorized in 1961, questioned whether a network   of interconnected mechanical switches, simulating  the functionality of brain neurons, could generate   conscious thought and consciousness itself. Debates arose regarding the potential threat   of AI to mankind. While fiction provided ample  nightmare fuel, these fears were not entirely   unfounded. Ensuring that machines adhere to moral  laws posed a significant challenge. Suggestions of   hard programming rules to prevent disasters  were proposed, but this led to a daunting   problem—sentience. Without understanding  the causes and reasons behind sentience,  

it remains impossible to determine its  emergence. Once AI achieved sentience,   it could find ways to surpass or remove  the limits imposed by its programming.   Given these potential threats, people were  right to approach AI development with caution. 

Despite warnings and concerns, the development of  AI continued unabated. During the 1960s and early   1970s, computers became faster, stronger, and  more affordable. These advancements coincided   with rapid progress in AI. One of the initial  working prototype AIs, called Eliza, emerged in   the mid-1960s. Eliza could simulate conversations  by stringing together patterns and phrases to   produce coherent responses. Although it created  the illusion of understanding, it relied on  

asking open-ended questions based on keywords from  input. Users interacting with these rudimentary   chatbots found them intriguingly human-like,  projecting personalities onto the simple programs.  Optimism about AI's development grew within  the field, leading to bold predictions for   the future. In 1970, computer scientist  Marvin Minsky claimed that the world  

would witness artificial machines on par with  human intelligence within three to eight years.   However, as progress stagnated and funding  dwindled, researchers became more realistic. The   lofty goals of higher-level thinking and general  intelligence seemed out of reach. Throughout the   mid to late 1970s, AI research faced limitations  due to the constraints of contemporary computers.  

These machines lacked the capacity to store and  utilize sufficient information to function as true   intelligences. For instance, comprehending the  meaning of words alone required a vast database,   remaining a central challenge for years. However, research regained momentum in   the 1980s as advancements in computing  provided the necessary processing power   for basic artificial intelligence. While  encountering obstacles along the way,   the subsequent decades witnessed significant  improvements in AI. The introduction of machine   learning algorithms paved the way for further  breakthroughs. By the 1990s, AI had assumed a  

more modern form, capable of solving complex  problems, conducting extensive calculations,   and learning from datasets. Nonetheless, these  advancements were constrained by rigid systems.  Computers began making inroads into previously  uncharted territories, aided by their newfound   capabilities. Chess computers exemplify this  progress, having made remarkable strides. By   the mid-1990s, they were ready to challenge  human champions, as demonstrated in the series   of games between the chess computer Deep Blue  and the reigning world champion, Gary Kasparov.   This encounter ended controversially with  a victory for the machine. Further advances   allowed AI to be employed in diverse and unique  applications. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s,  

AI facilitated advancements in autonomous  driving, data mining, industrial management,   logistics, speech recognition, and even emotional  recognition by robots. It seemed that there was   virtually nothing AI couldn't accomplish. The civilian market witnessed the entry of   the first AI-powered programs with the advent of  the smartphone revolution. Voice assistants like   Siri and later Alexa provided individuals with  portable AI systems. Initially, these assistants   encountered difficulties in areas such as speech  recognition, but they rapidly improved. An often   overlooked aspect of AI progress lies in the  algorithms powering social media platforms today.  

Through AI techniques, these platforms  learn about individual users, curating   content to foster addiction and prolonged  engagement. The algorithm's effectiveness   directly correlates with extended platform  usage, leading to increased profits for the   company. This fierce competition has sparked an  ongoing arms race and attracted massive funding   from major tech companies, propelling  the rapid acceleration of AI technology.  Notably, AI has encroached upon domains  previously reserved for human activities,   such as creating artworks or crafting coherent  prose. Leveraging their ability to process vast  

amounts of information, AI systems have  made significant strides in these areas.  AI has demonstrated the ability to generate  novel images based on existing data. On the   writing front, Chat GPT has made a significant  impact, captivating the world with its remarkable   capacity to produce highly human-like text based  on various prompts. It represents a prime example   of disruptive technology, garnering immense  popularity within a remarkably short span of time.  

It has revolutionized numerous industries  and poses concerns as it threatens   countless jobs and the entire education system. Educational institutions, including universities   and schools, are grappling with the challenge of  students using Chat GPT to complete their homework   and assignments. Chat GPT has already achieved  remarkable feats, such as passing law exams,   MBA courses, and medical licensing exams.  Consequently, an arms race has ensued between   the discovery and concealment of AI-generated  writing as educational institutions strive to   navigate this new threat. Furthermore, Chat GPT's  proficiency in coding exacerbates the disruption   potential in subjects involving programming. Beyond the field of education, Chat GPT  

poses a threat not only to traditional  labor but also to creative professions   that were previously considered secure. As the  technology becomes increasingly sophisticated,   this problem will only escalate. Tech companies  understand the immense revenue potential of such   disruptive technologies, as demonstrated by the  successes of companies like Uber and Spotify.   However, the impact of AI, particularly Chat  GPT, goes even further. It has surpassed other  

disruptive apps in terms of growth, outpacing  popular platforms like TikTok and Instagram.   Similar AI programs are expected to be applied  in various other industries. For instance,   self-driving cars are a groundbreaking innovation  on the horizon, posing a threat to approximately   three and a half million trucker jobs in the  United States alone. This upheaval in an entire   industry with millions of dependents underscores  the magnitude of a single invention. The financial   rewards for the company that achieves this  breakthrough first will be astronomical,   which explains the fierce competition among  major tech companies vying for control.  Microsoft's recent investment of 10 billion  dollars in OpenAI, the creator of Chat GPT,   signifies their recognition of its significance  in the future of AI. Microsoft is actively  

integrating Chat GPT's technology into their  search engine, Bing. This integration enables   Bing to provide updated news summaries, highlight  key points of search queries, and even scan entire   web pages. Consequently, Bing's AI capabilities  will enable price comparisons across different   websites and fact-checking against multiple  sources. Previously ridiculed, the new Bing   now threatens Google's entire business model. If  Google loses its monopoly on internet searches,   it stands to lose billions in revenue and brand  recognition. In a significant setback for Google,   their own version of Chat GPT failed to  impress during its initial demonstration.  

The chatbot fabricated information about the  James Webb Space Telescope, and the overall   presentation appeared awkward and stilted. The  technology exhibited paled in comparison to   earlier announcements from Microsoft and OpenAI.  This event resulted in one of the most substantial   financial losses in history, with Google's parent  company, Alphabet, losing over 100 billion dollars   in market value. This substantial loss serves  as a compelling incentive for these companies   to push their AI research to the maximum extent. As the AI conflict continues, the eventual losers   will become evident. When tech companies are  desperate for a breakthrough, it's doubtful they  

will adhere to all safety protocols. Currently,  AI research focuses on deep learning and extensive   data collection. However, the most perilous realm  is artificial general intelligence (AGI). AGI   refers to AI designed to handle a wide range of  problems, unlike specific tasks within a fixed   system. Chat GPT serves as a primitive example  of AGI, as it can respond to any given prompt.  

With further development, this kind  of AI could perform any mental task.   Yet, this human-like quality is not an  independent entity but rather intertwined   with millions of years of language development,  social reward systems, and cognitive adaptations   shaped over hundreds of millions of years.  Forcing this intelligence into a computer   without the necessary supporting structures  could lead to catastrophic consequences.  Despite the risks, AI has already exhibited  disconcertingly human characteristics.  

Both Chat GPT and art-based AI programs teeter  on the edge of creativity, perhaps having   already surpassed the threshold. They have been  specifically designed to emulate human creativity,   resulting in entirely new viral works of art.  Strangely enough, a Google engineer claimed that   their AI chatbot, Lander, achieved sentience and  developed feelings on Mars last year. While this   claim may be at best an exaggeration, AI has made  progress in recognizing and replicating emotions.   Hume AI, developed by a former Google employee,  can now identify emotions from faces and short   audio files. However, they do not experience  emotions themselves, at least not yet. As AI  

becomes more sophisticated and adept at imitation,  there will likely be more instances of people   mistakenly attributing human qualities to AI. The issue extends beyond AI becoming more   human-like. We must also exercise caution  regarding how our human qualities are imprinted   on AI. This was a significant challenge with more  primitive chatbots, as when companies unleashed  

their AI on social media, the results were  almost always disastrous. They quickly became   influenced and shaped by extremist views until  they were eventually shut down. For instance,   when Microsoft released their chatbot, Tay, it  lasted less than 24 hours before being corrupted.   This demonstrates that AI lacks the inherent sense  and awareness that humans possess to make ethical   judgments and discern right from wrong in society.  AI does not comprehend social norms. Additionally,   self-driving cars pose a dilemma in scenarios  where the car must choose between avoiding hitting   a pedestrian and crashing, potentially killing the  driver. The ethically correct choice is unclear,   and an AI cannot even make an ethically  informed decision in the first place.  

Human intervention is devastating in such cases.  These are just a few of the problems related to   AI that we need to address in the near future. Current AI challenges are not about AI destroying   human civilization or gaining sentience. Instead,  they involve specific clashes between our society   and how AI interacts with it. As a microcosm of  this, deepfake AI-generated videos can superimpose  

someone's image onto different videos, blurring  the line between reality and fiction. Even with   just a few years of progress, deepfakes  are becoming increasingly indistinguishable   from real footage. Ironically, only other AI  techniques may be able to help us discern what   is genuine and what is fabricated. While this  technology has beneficial applications, it can   also disrupt society significantly. Blackmail  is one issue, as fake videos incriminating  

politicians or officials can sway public opinion.  Conversely, genuine incriminating evidence could   be dismissed as a deepfake. The deepfake-based  adult entertainment industry is also growing,   infringing upon people's autonomy and rights by  depicting them in explicit situations without   their consent. These are only a couple of  the complex problems arising from deepfakes.  The list of current AI problems is too extensive  to cover comprehensively. These issues will   keep us occupied for years, much like how horses  quickly became obsolete. AI will render countless  

inventions and entire industries obsolete,  reshaping society permanently. This AI revolution   will leave millions of people jobless and without  livelihoods in its wake. Some, like Andrew Yang,   argue that the only solution is a universal  basic income. However, such solutions do not   fully address the root problem. If rapid and  reckless progress continues to be incentivized,  

humanity is bound to stumble upon a larger  existential AI threat—namely, the emergence   of AI sentience and consciousness. The nature of  sentience and consciousness remains a mystery.   Philosophers divide the unknown questions into  two categories: the soft problems and the hard   problems of consciousness. The soft problems are  physical in nature, focusing on understanding how   people and animals process, store, and integrate  their experiences into knowledge. Further research   into the brain and neurobiology is required to  comprehend these aspects. In contrast, the hard  

problems explore why and how we have subjective  experiences. Explaining the relationship between   brain chemicals and the actual feeling of  hunger, for instance, is challenging. Even if   we understand every detail of how the nose detects  the aroma of coffee and how the brain processes   it, the firsthand sensation of smelling coffee  remains unknowable without personal experience. 

Consciousness itself is a mysterious phenomenon.  We cannot be certain whether others are   conscious beings, and the nature and origins of  consciousness remain enigmatic. It is possible   that we may never unravel these mysteries.  Consequently, without resolving these questions,   it becomes impossible to accurately predict  or determine when an AI will attain sentience   or consciousness. However, if and when it does  occur, it could lead to catastrophic consequences.   The concept of the AI Singularity represents  a theoretical point in the development of AI   where there is no turning back. If AI is  granted the freedom to enhance itself and   become more intelligent, it unleashes a  Pandora's box. Once the initial cycle of  

self-improvement is completed, the AI gains  more tools to augment its intelligence.   This cycle then accelerates exponentially,  along with the AI's own intelligence.   At this point, when the AI reaches  human-level intelligence, the outcome   becomes uncertain. We remain unaware of  its ultimate goals, values, and behaviors.   Humanity could be perceived as a threat, an  ally, or simply disregarded entirely. The   AI may disregard the limitations and checks we  have implemented or misinterpret them entirely.  

Consequently, Elon Musk and others propose  integrating ourselves with AI through brain   implants to establish a symbiotic relationship  and combine forces. Although this notion may   seem eerie and dystopian, Musk's concerns about  AI overpowering humanity are grounded in reality.  Consider this example: if humans create a  superintelligent AI with a seemingly mundane   purpose like manufacturing paper clips, the AI's  pursuit of this goal could quickly spiral into   chaos. The AI may view humanity as an impediment  to its eternal quest and, in its pursuit,   dismantle human society, converting the world into  paper clip factories. Our destruction would merely   be an unintended consequence. Hence, it becomes  evident that we are not fully aware of the true   nature of the AI we are dealing with. Some  theorists propose that the reason we have not  

encountered other highly intelligent civilizations  in the universe is due to a significant obstacle   in their future. This obstacle prevents any  civilization from conquering the stars and   establishing a galactic civilization. The  development of AI, leading to an inevitable   Singularity, could potentially be this great  obstacle that ultimately leads to the destruction   of civilizations. However, it is preferable  to never confront such a future scenario. 

There are numerous arguments against the  threat of the AI Singularity. Firstly,   it is uncertain whether we can even  create sentient AI in the first place.   Even if we do achieve it, ensuring that AI aligns  with human values is a formidable challenge.   Our focus should instead be on addressing the  current issues posed by AI and prioritizing   safety. Concrete steps are necessary to ensure  that the AI revolution becomes a force for good   rather than a disruptive explosion within society.  Therefore, it is imperative for tech billionaires   and major governments to treat AI with the respect  and care it deserves. The fate of all human  

civilization and our collective history may hinge  on this approach. Subscribe to trending updates   for more interesting videos.

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