Artificial Intelligence, what is the real danger?

With investors pouring billions of dollars into AI-related startups, the AI ​​frenzy is starting to look like a speculative bubble similar to the Dutch tulip mania of 1630.

Today's AI hype is fueled by the belief that large language models like OpenAI's GPT-4 will be able to produce content that will be virtually indistinguishable from human-generated content.


Οι επενδυτές στοιχηματίζουν ότι τα προηγμένα συστήματα παραγωγής τεχνητής νοημοσύνης θα δημιουργούν εύκολα κείμενο, μουσική, και βίντεο σε οποιοδήποτε δυνατό στυλ, ανταποκρινόμενοι σε απλές προτροπές των χρηστών.

Amidst the growing excitement about genetic artificial intelligence, there are also growing concerns about its potential impact in various fields. A recent Goldman Sachs report deals with the “potentially large” (PDF) economic impacts of artificial intelligence and estimates that up to 300 million jobs are at risk of being automated.

To be sure, many of the promises and risks associated with the rise of artificial intelligence still lie on the horizon.

We have yet to develop machines that have the level of self-awareness and capacity for informed decision-making that uses empathy and intelligence together.

This is why many technologists advocate establishing “ethical regulations” on AI systems before they surpass human capabilities.

But the real danger is not that genetic AI will someday become autonomous, as many technology leaders would have us believe, but that it will probably be used to undermine human autonomy.

“Narrow” and “general purpose” artificial intelligence systems that can perform tasks more efficiently than humans are a remarkable opportunity for governments and corporations seeking to exert greater control over human behavior.

As Shoshana Zuboff reports in her 2019 book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, the evolution of digital technologies could lead to the emergence of “of a new economic class that claims human experience as a free raw material for secret commercial practices of extraction, prediction and sales. "

The increasingly symbiotic relationship between government and private-sector surveillance is partly the result of a national security apparatus “galvanized by the 11/XNUMX attacks” and intent on cultivating and appropriating emerging technologies to obtain the “ complete knowledge" of people's behavior and personal lives, Zuboff's book states.

Το ποιες κυβερνήσεις μπορούν να κατασκοπεύουν τους πολίτες τους εξαρτάται όχι μόνο από τις διαθέσιμες τεχνολογίες αλλά και από τους ς και τις ισορροπίες που παρέχει το κάθε πολιτικό σύστημα. This is why China, whose regulatory system is entirely focused on maintaining political stability and upholding "socialist values," has been able to create the world's most stringent electronic government surveillance system.

In contrast, the European Union's approach focuses on fundamental human rights, such as the rights to personal dignity, privacy, freedom from discrimination and freedom of expression.

Its regulatory frameworks emphasize privacy, consumer protection, product safety and content moderation.

But there is a danger.

The native between the West's commitment to individual rights and the need for national security, tend to override civil liberties in times of heightened geopolitical tensions.

The current version of the AI ​​Act, for example, gives the European Commission the power to ban practices such as predictive policing, but with various exceptions for national security, defense and any military uses.

Amid fierce competition for technological supremacy, the ability of governments to develop and run intrusive technologies poses a threat not only to corporations and political regimes but to entire countries.

This pernicious dynamic stands in stark contrast to optimistic predictions that AI will deliver a “broad range of economic and social benefits across the spectrum of industries and social activities”.

Unfortunately, the gradual erosion of countervailing powers and constitutional limits on government action within Western liberal democracies is at the hands of authoritarian regimes.

As George Orwell observed years ago, a state of perpetual war, or even the illusion of it, creates an ideal setting for the emergence of a technological dystopia. The Best Technology Site in Greecefgns

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