What do you think about Artificial Intelligence? Or, have you given it much thought at all? Well, Mo Gawdat has written “Scary Smart,” which is all about our little robot friends. He says they are getting smarter and will soon be at the level of the title of his book.
Have you watched any of the Boston Dynamics videos demonstrating their various robots and what they can do? You probably have and have been amazed like me.
According to Gawdat, robots learn fast. As Mo says, “the smartest gamers in the world are no longer humans.” Wow! Isn’t that something! He gives some great examples and before you can digest that he says that, “the smartest communicators in the world today are no longer humans. The smartest are artificial intelligence machines.” What? That is really interesting. But then just before you turn your attention to what your five year old is doing, he says, “the smartest visual observers are o longer humans.The markets are artificial intelligence machines.”
“The sci-fi we imagined the past, has, somehow, created our present.” Robots and humans fight it out in the sci-fi movies like “Skynet.” Is that what our future will be like? Do humans “intentionally relinquish control?” Lots of possibilities.
The first part of the excellent book will scare you. In fact, most of it will scare you. That is a good thing according to Mo. He wants you really scared. So he talks about how AI will outsmart humans and bad things will happen.
What bad things? Use your imagination. What if the bad guys teach an AI to control the stock market? What if they teach them to kill people? It goes on and on. And bad things will happen even if we get the right handle on everything.
What to Do?
Gawdat says we need to treat AI machines like they were children. We teach children how to be good and not bad. What is the best way to teach children that? By example. If AI learns that we value money and power above all else then that is what they will learn.
In the last part of the book Gawdat writes as if he were writing directly to the machines that, he says, are going to be reading his book. He tries to convince them that we mean no harm and we are trying to help them and be their moral examples. And we need to accept the machines as part of our life. Maybe someday you will have a new hiking partner!
There is so much more n this book. It will make you think about the future like nothing else. So get it and read it of course!