While the notion that Artificial Intelligence might cause the end of humanity has become popular, this is highly unlucky to happen, asserts Michael Shermer of Scientific American. Most importantly, we are still in a far too early stage to be able to accurately predict the path that AI will take. Humans will also be able to monitor and regulate the threat levels, given that the technology’s progress is happening far slower than expected. Additionally, it is not a given that these entities would think in a way that involves dominating or eliminating humanity. They might just as likely want to co-exist with humans, pursuing mutual advancement.
Even in its early phases, Artificial Intelligence will prove to be dangerous in the hands of humans, infers Jonathan Vanian of Fortune. Criminals could use it to enhance their hacking abilities, infiltrating the digital security apparatuses of companies. Information could be harvested from social media and used to trick users with fake emails that appear legitimate to them. AI could facilitate ransomware attacks, in which they block victims’ computers and force them to pay so they will work again. It can also be used to doctor video or audio footage to create literal fake news. With rapid technological advances, new potential for harm also arises.