Artificial intelligence is still an infant compared to other technologies. It brings about great promises for our future and some even predict that its importance will rival that of the printing press. (Boden) By human nature, many tried to play God: People of all generation and all over the world dreamt of creating a being that is capable of carrying out human actions. A few decades ago, many regarded cloning as ludicrous and simply ignored it. However, we have accomplished it, and who knows what advancement is coming. Artificial intelligence, although nascent, is very popular and as Ray Kurtzweil suggests might be possible within the next thirty year. Kurtzweil further suggests that within fifty years, they might even be smarter than humans. (Fixmer) But is artificial intelligence worth our current investment; should we encourage or prohibit A.I.?
First, let us consider the possibilities of artificial intelligence. Obviously, it will significantly facilitate scientist and researchers, especially those who are involved in researches where human lives are at risk. Scientists no longer have to deal with many of space exploration’s safety issues. Further, space exploration expenses will drop dramatically. For example, NASA and space organizations will no longer have to spend millions of tax dollars on research for space suits. This excess of money can either go to other research projects or back to us, the taxpayers. We can also use these intelligent robots to explore dangerous terrains, such as new planets or dangerous volcanoes.
In a more practical sense, this invention will tremendously improve the standard of living. People...
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...), we can eliminate many unnecessary detrimental consequences of A.I., and enjoy many of its benefits.
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