Pulling Back On The A.I. Reins

The race is on, and its not to determine who will make the best camera for cell phones next year, or who will go to market with the first smart ring. The race that is on right now in the silicon valley which carries the most weight and will determine the future of our very economy and potential livelihood is an all encompassing push to make sure we have the means to control artificial intelligence. The high profile win bbfghby Google in the artificial intelligence arena came in the form of a program that could be champion in the complex board game Go this month, that was a big deal; it said, A.I. are starting to wake up at least enough that we need to stop looking at this as a problem of science fiction, but of just plain old, stone cold Steve Austin hard core real science. This statement wasn’t made to game players, but it was to the rest of silicon valley and it said loud and clear “wake up.” This goes beyond the Tech at a glance we are accustomed to.

Many monster tech companies such as IBM, Microsoft(who is in the midst of a PR nightmare in A.I. with the release of their Tay tweet bot), and of coarse Google, are trying to become the clear front runner when it comes to A.I and A.I market applications. This is the future of all markets to some degree so whoever can separate themselves as the go to company will be positioned to separate themselves from the competition in a way that hasn’t been since the electricity boom. “Whoever wins this race will dominate the next stage of the information age,” said Pedro Domingos, a machine learning specialist and the author of “The Master 7a3d7d5f6cc659cb9a1020c939e36d47Algorithm,” a 2015 book that contends that A.I. and big-data technology will remake the world. In 2015 alone Amazon and microsoft both added machine learning capacity to their cloud software platforms, Amazon Web Services and microsoft Azure. “Our goal is to capture all human knowledge,” he said. “I would like for Diffbot to build an iconic company around data. There are companies focusing on computing, but there is no Amazon of data.”

This is something that many people have such tunnell vision on that no one ever really looks up and says perhaps this is not the healthiest path we need to take, and perhaps A.I. is something that is so far out of our relm of understanding that before we could make an actual mind capable of empathy, we can make a machine capable of death.The only question is, is who is going to be loud enough to head the call that these puppies could, even if not undo the human race in a terminator Esq apocalypse, they could still really mess things us. Consider a situation where an A.I program can go into someones personal information and ruin your personal record. This is the world we need to consider, because it is the world that is on the door step. Maybe we should wait until we let it in.

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