Artificial intelligence: a threat to humanity or a helper?

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By Utkir Alimov 

Robots are usually thought of as assistants who can talk like humans and do all the work instead of them. It’s no secret that today a new factor – artificial intelligence – has rapidly entered social and economic life and actively participates in our daily life. For example, applications on your mobile device: “google translate”, dictionaries, various games, etc. are also clear examples of artificial intelligence.

The so-called “artificial intelligence” is a system or technology capable of imitating human behaviour in the performance of certain tasks, and is gradually perfected using the received information. In general, this technology is neither a format nor a function, but a process, which includes data collection, analysis, etc.

When it comes to the future of the field, the debate over whether “artificial intelligence” will benefit or harm humanity has been raging for nearly 50 years. Scientists have not yet come to a conclusion. While some worry that unemployment rates could rise as a result of their popularity replacing humans, others are more positive about AI. Recently, the Indonesian news website Indonews published an analysis article titled “Future ‘Artificial Intelligence’ May Be Like Alien Invasion”, which has raised many questions among the international scientific community.

The emergence of artificial intelligence, capable of solving all kinds of intellectual problems, gives rise to alarming hypotheses that in addition to helping humanity, they may also threaten us in the future.

In the future, it may even be the case that super-intelligent machines can resist those who try to control them. Now the question arises: how can you maintain control over those who are stronger than you? If we do not take control of our civilization in time, it is very likely that we will lose the right to vote for our future existence. For example, they might conclude that “getting rid of humans” is the best way to solve climate problems by “artificial intelligence”.

Sometimes these “super brains” also produce “fake” news and incorrect content, resulting in unresolved plagiarism issues. I can say that “artificial intelligence” is not a fact-checker, but a fact-gatherer.

As you can see, the role of artificial intelligence in our life is deepening day by day. The debate about whether they are a victory or a defeat for mankind will continue for a long time. Most importantly, in the words of science fiction writer Isaac Azimov, the motto of creating robots should be to avoid harming people.

About Author: Prominent Uzbek journalist Utkir Alimov graduated from the Faculty of International Relations of the Osmania University in India. Participant of various conferences held in Russia, Turkey, Serbia, South Korea, Saudi Arabia. Currently, he works as a Deputy Editor-in-Chief of International Relations Department of the Uzbekistan National News Agency.