Alibaba (made in China)
In a recent CNN article, made in China – Alibaba owner, Jack Ma pointed out that artificial intelligence will revolutionize the manufacturing world. He is right. Artificial intelligence (AI) can do many tasks that humans already do. Advances in technology will upgrade future AI generations to handle even more manufacturing tasks.
Whether this is good or bad, depends on your perspective. For businesses who want to save money, the development of manufacturing AI is a good thing. For those who depend on those jobs to support their families, it is not a favorable progression.
We can Educate & Retrain
Mr. Ma proposes that to help the displaced worker, education and training programs should be implemented now to prepare for the AI future. This is a good idea for the most part. Technicians will be needed to repair, reprogram, and install these robots.
But Mr. Ma makes two mistakes. First, he assumes that all humans have the same intellectual abilities. This is not so. There is a difference in human intellectual abilities. There will always be those people who will not rise above low skilled employment. It doesn’t matter the training they receive. They are gifted in different areas and are vital to the workforce.
The second mistake Mr. Ma makes is his assumption that people will accept his vision for the future and ignore their own personal desires. People may not want to work in the employment areas he has planned for them. Humans have personal desires that may not match up with Mr. Ma’s future society.
War, Wisdom & Love
The article continues with Mr. Ma’s ideas that humans will always have the advantage over AI robots. That advantage comes with our ability to use wisdom and love. But it is not wisdom, love or even robots we worry about.
We worry about those people who have overt or subtle desires for control and power. They implement nefarious schemes to make those desires a reality. Manufacturers will undoubtedly place protective protocols in their robotic creations.
But even with the best governmental protocols in place, people like Adolf Hitler, Idi Amin, Saddam Hussein and other dictators found ways to circumvent those protocols and gained power.
Once the manufacturer releases their robots for public use, they can no longer protect their creations. This reality is what makes people worried. AI is vulnerable, incapable of protecting themselves, incapable of knowing a good master from a bad one and incapable of making independent decisions.
Artificial Intelligence Has Its Benefits
There is no doubt that AI can help make human life a little better and easier. There is a place for these robots somewhere. The issue is humans cannot go blindly into the future and ignore the vulnerabilities of these machines.
Mr. Ma is wrong when he stated that technology was the initiator of two world wars. It was not the technology that started the wars, but people bent on obtaining power and control. Technology simply changed the way wars were fought.
AI may be vulnerable enough to make it easier for future dictators to gain power and control over the world.