The Rise of Artificial Intelligence

By Anuj Chugh

My firm belief is that artificial intelligence can never replace or overshadow/takeover human intelligence. It is so because, the self-preserving ability of the human brain will be ever greater in the scheme of things. There may be a war between humans and machines but victory will never be granted to machines. Humans have biological advantage which machines do not.

Humans can never attain the speed and accuracy of an ordinary computing device, not to mention the supercomputer. On the other hand, humans have the advantage of instincts, which lead to self-preservation, and a conscience that sets limits on what we do so that we feel guilty when we are bad, and happy when we are good. Hence, resulting in a sense of justice.

If artificial intelligence can be programmed to be good always and serve us, they would not be artificial intelligence, at all. But if they are to be programmed so that they reflect constantly, like we as humans do, on their actions and feel guilty like we do, scientists would have to create the pain and dreadfulness of death and fear of it, whatsoever, so that they can empathize like we, the humans do.

However, even after taking all the precautions we would not be able to exercise control on these machines, by programming them to only act productively and constructively for the creation of a utopian world just in the same way as all of their makers, are not altruists and dream and aim for such a world.

That is to say, many of our kind, are also nasty with only self-serving agendas. At best I can say, that there will be two species interacting with each other, each having their own unique superiorities or special advantages over the other. But, only time will decide whether they would be able to coexist with each other, or humans will have to kill them, eventually.

Anuj Chugh
About the author:- A Teach For India alumnus, Anuj spent two years working in an underprivileged school in Pune, teaching 120 children from the 7th and 8th grade, developing his leadership skills. For 8 years before the fellowship, Anurag was involved in developing and debugging embedded software and hardware as part of various design teams. He is now CEO of Ergoptix Mediquip Pvt Ltd, the manufacturer of Magnifying Loupes and LED Headlamps in India. Bringing awareness of developing the practice of maintaining the correct posture by using magnification at the very inception of the doctor’s dental and medical practice. Feel free to communicate with Anuj by email or via WhatsApp message at +91-9819912872. Read more about Anuj on his personal site.

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