Why Artificial Intelligence is Scary

What do Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Stephen Hawking have in common? They are all scared of AI. I am too, to a certain extent, but here’s my version of why.

Humans learn by pattern recognition. You touch a hot coal which sends a pain signal to your brain, then you associate hot coals with pain. Simple enough.

Humans also have a pattern for how we think, how we behave, how we recognize other patterns, and develop actions. This is your childhood, your calibration period of learning, of what to do and not do in our world. So everyone develops their own processes. When you’re in distress, you look a certain way, talk a certain way, have reflexes that you may not even be aware of.

You search the internet for certain things. You watch certain YouTube videos. Like certain posts. Listen to certain music.

What if, a machine can recognize these human patterns? What if, you use these patterns and utilize AI to manipulate how we think, behave, view the world, and socially interact? All the behaviors and patterns that make us human, categorized and organized.

I think that is what makes AI scary. The notion of using “problem solving”, against human nature. I mean, we are fairly predictable.

Actually, we already live in an age where companies have started using targeted advertisements based on what you like and enjoy. The Facebook ads you see aren’t random. The YouTube recommendations aren’t either.

As we become more dependent and reliant on technology, we become more connected throughout the world. What if a large corporation (like Google), uses this data and utilizes the brainpower of the entire world for their selfish purpose? Just like an individual neuron fires in your brain, each one of us becomes a neuron for their larger global network.

Could they predict the future because they see everything in the present? Or rather, could they alter the future because they can manipulate specific “neurons”? Or even further, could they create fake AI as stimuli to change peoples thoughts and actions? They track, log, and validate these stimuli until they calibrate to find out what is most effective?

What if there are fake Instagram stars that are merely just AI that send you direct messages to make you feel special and manipulate you? Can you tell they are real or not without a face-to-face human interaction?

What if they create fake news with artificially bloated likes and shares to brainwash rumors across social media that can crush anyone’s reputation?

What if this corporation selectively chooses you for their purpose, just like God chooses a prophet or the devil chooses a body based on your thinking patterns, habits, and behaviors?

What if a government uses AI drones, which today already can positively identify and kill without human intervention to police, control, and track our movement? Facial recognition, GPS, you can run but you can’t hide.

I could go on and on, but the point is this. I don’t think it’s the robots or terminators that we should be afraid of. It’s people with bad intentions to manipulate and control, that we should be afraid of.

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