True Identific Intelligence: The Existence Of Artificial Intelligence

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Before coming to a decision about how to deal with the arrival of true artificial intelligence, it is imperative to have an understanding of what the terms “AI” and “the Singularity” mean. Artificial intelligence refers to a machine’s capability to mimic human behavior in an intelligent manner. A “true AI” is an intelligent robot that has achieved consciousness, or become self aware. However, it is commonplace, particularly when speaking in a hypothetical sense, for the terms “true AI” and “AI” to be used interchangeably with both sharing the aforementioned definition. But a robot isn’t necessarily an AI; the word robot would be more akin to a body while AI would be similar to a brain. Semantics aside, if this event were to occur, then artificial…show more content…
On Earth, there is no other creature that is comparable to us in an intellectual sense. Humans have long questioned if this intellectual isolation extends beyond our planet and into the entire universe. Statistically, there are 11 billion Earth-sized planets orbiting in the habitable zones of Sun-like stars in the Milky Way (Khan). Based on this and the enormous amount of time aliens that have had to spread across the galaxy, surely there should be observable extraterrestrial civilizations? This apparent contradiction between a lack of evidence and high probability for the existence of other intelligent life forms is known as the Fermi Paradox ("Fermi Paradox"). Information such as this has helped perpetuate the notion that humans are exceptional. Yet, questions about other life forms have increased within the last hundred years, which is in part due to puncturing the space barrier and landing on the moon. This has lead to an existential crisis for many individuals. Imagine the psychological effects that true artificial intelligence would incite. Self aware AI would fundamentally change our human philosophy and we view ourselves, bringing profound perspectives to light. In fact, we can already see artificial intelligence exceeding humans in a way previously not thought possible. AlphaGO, an AI developed by DeepMind, an artificial intelligence research team, recently defeated the world’s best Go player, Ke Jie (Mozur). This is a monumental victory for AI since Go is one of the most complex games in the world with a near immeasurable amount of move possibilities. Mozur writes, “... with a score of 2-0 heading into that final game, and earlier victories against other opponents already on the books, AlphaGo has proved its superiority.” Artificial intelligence would redefine the very essence of what it means to be human. This calls for an optimistic approach. Instead of viewing AI as a doomsday

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