Steve Wozniak is certainly not the first to speak out against artificial intelligence. However, it’s worth noting that the Apple co-founder is considered amongst a growing list of pioneers in the tech world who fear artificial intelligence and the impact it could have on human life in the future. Lately, both Elon Musk and Bill Gates spoke out about their concerns regarding artificial intelligence and what it might mean for human life, but many of those concerns were played down, or considered overreactions within the industry.
To be fair, computers are still significantly behind humans. In fact, right now the fastest supercomputer in the world – can only process one second of the human brain – in roughly ten minutes. So, to feel concerned about what artificial intelligence could do in the next few years – isn’t nearly as big of a concern as it is looking at what it could be doing a couple decades from now.
It might sound like something out of a science-fiction movie, but imagine a scenario where robots are designed and built for daily life. That means a robot could eventually do office tasks. Instead of employing humans, businesses can build or hire fleets of robots. The concern though isn’t just about the jobs that people are doing. Rather, the concern is that robots could begin making decisions, in disregard for human life, creating a situation where robots are preserving themselves, instead of preserving humans – as they might be intended.
When Wozniak was asked about his thoughts on artificial intelligence, he said, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people.” He went on pointing out, “If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently.”
It certainly paints a grim portrait of what the future could look like if things continue the path that they are currently on. If as a group, we aren’t careful about what the future looks like – then we will need to evaluate carefully how far artificial intelligence goes. That’s not to say though, that it couldn’t prove to be incredibly valuable in the long-term.