Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Artificial Intelligence: What Is Mankind’s Responsibility?

Parsing all unstructured data that exists. Is that too high a shelf to reach? What type of machines and programs will it take to achieve this lofty goal? What happens whenever our machines begin to outgrow their human creators?

These are all concepts that seem to be plots for a new science fiction movie. And yet, we are today facing these challenges. Some of us will shirk away and say that it isn’t time to decide these issues. We’ll pretend that it can be properly dealt with at some future moment in time.

However, as we move more into a future where machines are freely utilized in every aspect of our lives, we must establish a clear foundation for how machines should be treated. Do they have rights? Do they have the right to life, liberty and freedom? If we cannot answer these questions as a society, then we may waste valuable years and untold amounts of money grappling with these questions as the Human Race moves into its future. 

Instead of moving forward into our full potential with assurance, various factions of our society could be hamstrung in their efforts to decide these weighty issues. Therefore, the best course of action is to decide these essential matters right now.

What’s at Stake?

As a race of intelligent beings, we must consider the pros and cons of allowing machines the right of free expression and equality before the law. The expression, Intelligent Life, carries with it the idea that all sentient beings are alive. That means they can be sensible, logical, perceptive, shrewd and even wise. But it could also mean that these machines could make irrational decisions based upon criteria that might be buried beneath layers of learned responses.

If these topics seem too expansive to fully grasp, then that makes them even more critical to understand. Because machines don’t have the advantage of being born into a human family. They don’t get years of formative growth where they learn that fire can be used for good or for bad. That water is life to humans, but too much water can take away lives. They don’t have the advantage of loving parents to guide their decision-making and help them develop better skills.

How This Effects Day-to-Day Life

Corporations around the globe are searching for solutions to the massive theft of data. Medical records have become a particular target of interest to hackers all over the world. That’s because most medical records contain every single piece of data about the individual. Not just a name and address is lost, but the person’s social security number, driver’s license number and their medical history. With information like this in the hands of unscrupulous hackers, there’s no limit to the ways they can manipulate it.

Why Do We Need to Create These Machines?

Businesses and corporations around the world are literally at the mercy of these hackers. In spite of our laws to protect PII and PHI, we still lose records at the incredible rate of 68 records per second.

Machines can parse data at an unbelievable rate. We need their help to stem the growing tide of data breach across the world. And the technology does exist to manage these threats. But what if, in our efforts to protect our personal and business data, we create a machine that rivals human intelligence?

These are questions better left to the experts. That’s what many readers may be thinking. But every voice matters and every opinion can shed light on the best course of action. One thing is for sure: The sooner we settle these problems, the sooner we can put an end to the large-scale theft of data.