AI Poses a Threat to the Longevity of Mankind

The threat of artificial intelligence is once again the centre of hot topics as the number of people who fear artificial intelligence is on the rise. With recent advancements in the field of artificial intelligence, may fear that the increasing intelligence of machines may lead to humanity being wiped out as a whole. Many breakthroughs in artificial intelligence include a robot teaching itself to walk without being programmed to do so and the shutting down of a facebook artificial intelligence program that designed its own language and was communicating with other robots.

Recently published data shows that from a new poll of 1004 voters in the United States found that 57 percent of them that artificial intelligence poses a threat to the longevity of the human race. The research data demonstrates the increasing skepticism around AI. Artificial intelligence has made its way into almost every aspect of our everyday lives. As we gain a better understanding of how we can utilise different aspects of AI and integrate them in different devices (self-driving cars, machine learning algorithms, facial recognition, etc.) we start to see companies taking advantage of the simplicity and efficiency that AI introduces.

57% of Americans believe AI poses a threat to the longevity of mankind.

57% of Americans believe AI poses a threat to the longevity of mankind.

In addition to the 57 percent who believe that advancements in artificial intelligence does indeed pose a threat, 43 percent disagree and believe it's not something to be worried about. Elaborating on this data further, the 57 percent who consider it a threat, approximately 16 percent of them doubled down even further and indicated they believe it's a 'very serious threat.'  Rasmussen said that the number of respondents who consider AI a threat has risen three percent since November, stating hat “younger voters are a bit more concerned about artificial intelligence than voters over fifty.”

A 2017 Pew Research study showed that approximately 70 percent of Americans are not sure as to whether they should be concerned about the rise of robots and AI. The biggest giants on the planet such as Google, Apple and Amazon have continuously placed strong emphasis on the potential for these technologies to make our lives easier and improving efficiency, with other benefits. 

Although artificial intelligence could potentially pose a threat to mankind, as of right now our understanding and research in artificial intelligence is not advanced enough to create machines capable of carrying out multiple tasks. AI as of right now helps makes peoples lives easier and improves efficiency in the work environment.

Tech giants claim that AI helps improve work place efficiency and makes people’s lives easier.

Tech giants claim that AI helps improve work place efficiency and makes people’s lives easier.

Zacharia Sharif