From self-driving cars to automatic production, advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) continue to grow rapidly. It is now capable of learning different processes – and hence, developing – on its own, enabling it to outperform humans at various cognitive tasks.
While this introduces us to wonderful new prospects, there are also equally substantial risks involved. For instance, the amount of data we generate every year keeps increasing gradually.
Every aspect of our life would eventually be connected to the internet. It is expected that there will be 150 billion networked measuring sensors in 10 years’ time, so the amount of data will actually double every 12 hours.
Government bodies are also in the process of integrating AI into military operations to assist in warfare. In fact, 56 countries are already developing battlefield robots.
In consideration of these factors, it is important to align the goals of AI with ours in the case of any potentially devastating consequences for humankind.
AI has the capacity to become intelligent than man, which is why it is crucial to implement ethics so it can operate within limitations.
The government also needs to develop strategies for other issues that can arise, evaluate their vulnerabilities and plan appropriate value-based mechanisms (for instance, the estimated decrease in employment if algorithms can perform all tasks instead).
To read more about how the advent of AI can affect Pakistan in particular, you check out Dr. Shahid Mahmud’s article. Dr. Shahid serves as the Chairman of the Interactive Group of Companies.