Artificial intelligence is a very exciting field of scientific and technological research and development. It is also a very scary one as Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, reminds us. He recently joined a growing chorus of intelligent and accomplished voices warning of the future day when humanity inadvertently supersedes itself by creating machines more intelligent than us. Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Bill Gates have already expressed concern about such a possibility.
Bruce Karatz is aware that machines killing people or wiping out humanity althogether has been a popular theme in science-fiction from “West World” with Yul Brenner to the original and remake of “Battlestar Galactica” in which virtually an entire civilization is wiped out by machines that, in the remake at least, humanity created. This is definitely one of the ways we could go extinct someday. Our only chance may be, as futurist and inventor Ray Kurzweil has detailed, to merge with machine intelligence in order to enhance our own. He actually foresees this as the only way for humanity to keep up when change begins to happen at such a rapid pace that humans not enhanced in such a way will just keep falling farther behind. As scary or creepy as this may sound, I do suppose that merging with machine intelligence is better than being wiped out by it. I just hope it takes the positive path that Kurzweil and some others have put forth and not a dark turn such as us becoming something akin to the Borg from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”