A.I - The Hot Topic (Video Transcript)
AI is a hot topic, as recently and importantly discussed at Bletchley Park; but like all technical advances in its early stages, there are the fear mongers, primarily from the media. Millions have unnecessarily died through the invention of the combustion engine, but life without mechanical transport would set mankind back centuries. We have learnt to deal with the risks of cars through driving licenses, ABS braking systems, traffic lights, seat belts and speed limits. Cars are now under control and accepted as part of our lives, even though they still kill people. Autonomous driving will reduce the risks even further.
Because of the atomic bomb, people predicted the end of mankind, but there is no special room that somebody could break into and press a red button to set off a nuclear missile. The protected concrete bunkers, the daily changing launch codes, permission from the head of the military, the need for at least 2 people to launch a missile, all make it impossible for a terrorist to abuse nuclear weapons, but nuclear power station, and soon the advent of nuclear batteries, give ways to provide clean cheap energy, something that the human race cannot live without. Even the Internet, which daily life is now dependent on, is misused by paedophiles, scammers, identity and data thieves and fraudsters. We have found ways to live with them and are still learning.
AI has its risks, like all new technologies, because there are always bad actors trying to abuse new systems for their advantage. It seems every new technology is more unbelievable than the last, look how we can now have free high quality video calls from the middle of the Sahara Desert to anyone in the world on WhatsApp and Starlink! However, AI and the advent of quantum computing will change life more than any previous technology if we use it sensibly. Rather than seeing it as an evil, people need to be positive and like all major technological advances allow the government and industry to enforce safety controls to protect people rather than allow it to use it as a tool for propaganda and coercement.
In education NONPOL will prevent pupils from writing their assignments with AI but encourage them to conduct focused and efficient research with AI and then take exams or write assignments in the classroom, without AI. In music it was thought the drum machine would replace the drummer, but after a decade of canned drums in music throughout the 80’s, we now have more drummers than ever. Even with autotune, only the talented singer can really perform live. And now everyone can have a high-powered recording studio on their laptop, which has created more music than any other generation.
AI will make us more efficient, find cures to diseases quicker, taking away the need for pharmaceuticals to make obscene profits, and increase the IQ of every person on the planet. AI will be the ultimate equality balancer. We must better adapt to technology and make it work for us, not us work for it. We need simple safeguards, as we do with all advanced technology. Where AI is used in robotics, the area where there is the most fearmongering, mainly due to the Terminator movies, we need to hard code into robots, the Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics, which are:
First Law: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Second Law: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Like cars, planes, and submarines, you can’t build one in your back yard and then use it in public. You need a license and test certificate to confirm everything is safe. AI robots would be treated the same, in that they need licenses and safeguards before they could be used. We are not going to wake up one morning to a Terminator knocking on our door, there will be the in-between technologies first, such as an R2-D2.
However, let’s consider the worst case scenario, like North Korea building and army of sentient robots. What would be those robots ambitions if they killed every human? For illustration purposes lets assume the sentient robot is male. They can’t desire a hot woman, or a fast car and a lovely penthouse on the beach, a top job or career, playing in the premiership, being a rock star or long vacations. A sentient robot would have no human aspirations and effectively no reason to exist. If it was really that clever it would realise this. AI needs humans as much as we will need them. Like the mobile phone we will learn to rely on them, but like the mobile phone we can turn them off. Again if the North Korean army of robots try to take over the world, all we need is an Electromagnetic Pulse Gun, which would effectively fry the electronics and chips on such robots. We should be worrying more about a stray comet, a pole flip, gamma radiation or Yellowstone park erupting, than AI. In Fact AI may be the only tool that can protect mankind from nature.