Is Artificial Intelligence a threat to humanity?

As emerging algorithm-driven artificial intelligence (AI) continues to spread, will people be better off than they are today?

Pew Research Center, December, 2018, “Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans”

This was taken from a 2018 report by Pew Research Centre titled ‘Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans

The survey which was conducted in 2018 featured some 979 technology pioneers, innovators, developers, business and policy leaders, researchers and activists to answer the question.

The experts predicted that artificial intelligence will, in a long run, threaten human autonomy, agency and capabilities. Suggesting that computers might match or even exceed human intelligence and capabilities on tasks such as complex decision-making, reasoning and learning, sophisticated analytics and pattern recognition, visual acuity, speech recognition and language translation.

63% of the surveyed experts said they are hopeful that most individuals will be mostly better off in 2030, and 37% said people will not be better off.

One of the biggest threats posed by AI is taking over people’s jobs. One expert, Josh Calder, adds that:

The biggest danger is that workers are displaced on a mass scale, especially in emerging markets.

Josh Calder, a partner at the Foresight Alliance

No doubt, the growth of AI is one of the greatest threats humanity has ever faced. While AI makes life easier by automating tasks, there’s a growing concern that humans may lose their ability to think critically.

With technologies such as Virtual Reality growing, the need to be physically present for a meeting will soon be history.

AI is great, AI is cheaper and it makes life easier. However, is AI a threat to humanity?

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