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Is Artificial Intelligence slowly taking over?

March 15, 2018

Technology is dominating our lives, day in day out we’re continuously using our technology devices, whether it’s our PC’s or phones. They take control of our lives.

 

The simplified definition of artificial intelligence is: The capability of a machine to imitate human behavior.

 

We are leading up to an artificial intelligence takeover, they’re taking over. Artificial intelligence is changing the way we live our lives, they’re everywhere. Our phones dominate our lives, we constantly use them and we’ve become so used to using our phones and we’ve become so dependent on AI to bail us out of our worst problems. What AI? You might ask. Ever met a person/ thing/ voice (what is it?) called Siri? It seemed like a strange name, so I looked it up. It is the Swahili word for SPY! Makes you think…

 

Maybe it’s named spy because Apple is saving all of your requests or searches through SIRI in their data bases and servers for TWO WHOLE YEARS! It’s not just hackers it’s organisations too!

We don’t just rely on Siri though, we rely heavily on the internet to provide us information and answers to our questions, and computers and AI to help us to send emails, messages and bank online.

 

Online banking on started in 1980, only thirty-eight years ago. Just imagine where we would be without online banking. Artificial intelligence is convenient for us but we’re so heavily reliant on it, it’s started to dominating our lives. That’s how artificial intelligence is taking over our lives.   

Stephen Hawking always doubted AI, he often talked about how it would soon take over our lives, just like science fiction films portrayed it to be.

 

“The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race.”

 

- Stephen Hawking

 

I agree with Hawking as the wrong tools in the wrong hands spells out ‘disaster’ for sure. Remember Humans have made these devices, so humans can hack into these devices too.

Technology is advancing and progressing quicker than we think, look at the first IPhone released in 2007. Before the launch of the IPhone, we would all rely on tiny brick like cell phones with a blocky keypad and no touch screen. However, it all changed with the revolutionary intuitive IPhone, the first touch-screen phone with no keypad and an app store with downloadable content.

 

Before the release of smartphones and cell phones, we would need dedicated devices for different functions, we needed torches, clocks, watches, dictionaries, cameras, all of which we can now do with our phones. Technology is changing, before we needed dedicated camera’s to take pictures, now we have phones to take photos with a quality comparable to dedicated cameras.

 

The first IPhone was only released ten years ago, but ever since its release IPhones have evolved greatly. Technology is advancing a lot quicker than we think it is.

 

A common misconception is that computers are super intelligent and the internet has the answer to nearly everything, even though in reality computers are un-intelligent. Humans have programmed these computers and coded them to work and function the way they do, without these technical minded people and organisations, computers wouldn’t be half as intelligent as they are now.

 

My concern is that if humans programmed AI’s then surely other humans can alter the code, altering the program could change everything: it could allow hackers to hack into these devices. If the code enters the wrong hands we could be in trouble, changes to the code could allow people to glitch out computers, phones and could put people’s privacy at risk.

 

My other concern is that people have gadgets in their homes, for example Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s home. If hackers find bugs or explore the code changes could cause Alexa and Google’s home to listen in. These devices are always active and listening for a voice to trigger their censors, as it’s always active there’s a risk of people spying on you. Creepy right?

 

It doesn’t end there though, people could turn off lights and turn them back on, if they’re connected to the gadgets, bulbs such as the Phillips bulbs or the HUE lighting. Small changes can make a huge difference, repeatedly triggering censors could cause frustration for the users.

 

Many say that self-driver less cars are a harm to us as they could be hacked or maybe there’s a couple of un-attended bugs in the code. In reality even our usual daily cars can be hacked and taken remote control access control from different locations. It’s happened before: it’s possible.

 

WIRED intentionally set up hackers to attempt to hack into an active car and kill it through changes to the program. It was successful, the car stopped in the middle of a road, whilst hackers elsewhere took control of the car. The wind wipers were turned on and the engine was killed within a couple of minutes.

 

I personally believe that technology is already taking over we’re highly dependent on them. Sinister people with power can change the world, hackers could possibly change the code to create a disastrous world. Several organisations have ambitions to create physical robots, some have already been created in Japan and China and work in restaurants.

 

If it’s not a human that makes a change, it would probably; in my opinion be a robot. If robots learn how to imitate human behavior then that could also cause havoc. However you could argue that through Bluetooth connection they could communicate each other. Soon enough we’ll know what will happen. Technology is advancing at a rapid rate and it won’t be long till

we’re given an answer.

 

 

 

 

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