Before listening to cries that the robots are going to take over, look at what artificial intelligence technology can do for humanity. Artificial intelligence – the ability of a computer or machine to think and learn – is an ongoing and accelerating trend. While the technology may be brand new, the potential fears (and opportunities) happen in nearly every new technological innovation.
Take electricity, for instance.
Like artificial intelligence (AI), electrification let machines replace many kinds of human labor and opened the door to innovations previously not thought possible, such as the lightbulb. And like AI, it was a divisive issue of its time.
Some people were very excited about having light after dark and others thought it would come out of the walls and kill you. Now, that fear might seem silly, but in truth, electricity is dangerous, but not because it can come out from the walls.
Now, with AI is in its infancy, we’re again seeing this trend: some people feel it will bring out our greatest feats, and others feel it will bring about our demise.