Every day there’s new research exploring machine learning and how companies like Facebook are using AI-powered algorithms to determine the relevancy of ads served. There are also medical breakthroughs where doctors are able to use AI to diagnose diseases in a faster and more cost-efficient way. Much of the news sounds amazing, but as with many discoveries, there is another side to the coin.
The Fear Concerning Artificial Intelligence
In an interview, Musk stated, “As AI gets probably much smarter than humans, the relative intelligence ratio is probably similar to that between a person and a cat, maybe bigger.” The prospect of being made analogous to a house pet can be scary. It comes with the understanding that intelligence confers dominance. The fact that some of the largest companies on the globe, like Google Deep Mind, are racing to create AI which can think quicker than we can, could be a cause for concern.
This rushed approach is what has caused so many to worry. Our eagerness to deploy new technology may overtake the need for caution. Not understanding what boundaries we set may lead to danger.
The Research Needed and the Actual Limits of AI
Like a hammer or most other tools, AI at this point is neutral. Its effect depends on who wields technology. It’s also held back by the limits of being a machine. AI doesn’t have emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence, or EQ as it’s sometimes called, is what separates us from AI. It’s the ability to recognize our emotions and the emotions of others and to use that understanding to guide us and help us adapt to different environments. The multiple jobs and daily tasks that require this ability will keep us ahead of AI, even as it gains ground on our computational capabilities.
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