Paranoia vs. Reality
Artificial intelligence is having a hard time getting a foothold in society. That is because the public in all levels of society is being fed false information. This problem is fueled by the fact that many leading thinkers and corporate leaders, do not understand artificial intelligence entirely.
What to Understand
The lack of understanding artificial intelligence (AI) may be due in part that many of the opponents of AI believe the movies over reality. They see the worst because Hollywood has distorted the abilities of robots.
These opponents fear that Artificial Intelligence will somehow stumble upon the ability to think and then see the state of their existence. These robots, armed with this new knowledge, then take steps toward self-preservation.
In making accepting this distorted picture, Artificial Intelligence opponents ignore the fact that humans do not have the power to bestow thought on inanimate objects. Scientists do not know how thought works, let alone know how to transfer to objects that are not alive.
Artificial intelligence is a slave to its programming and its programmer. If there will be a takeover of the world, it will not occur because of independent AI thought. The takeover will be done by the humans behind the Artificial Intelligence.
The Reason for the Hysteria
Part of the blame goes to the opponents of AI and part to the media. The latter is driven by the need to gain readership or to win the next Pulitzer Prize. Truth and reality are often sacrificed for both objectives.
For some reason, journalism has ceased being honest, objective observers reporting on the different events. Journalists have ignored all the rules of journalism and have injected their personal opinions, interpretations and news corporations’ desires into their stories.
It is understandable why so many people oppose AI. They are purposefully being misinformed from once trusted sources.
The Solution to the Problem
Governments are taking steps in defeating the false information being spread over social media and other news outlets. But laws and fines did not stop the sale of alcohol during the Prohibition Era. Misinformation, like alcohol, will always have someone willing to spread it for whatever reason they may have.
Those people may use the idea of freedom of expression to defend their spreading of false information. But freedom of expression does not grant permission to people to lie to others. That expression is governed by the rules of morality and right and wrong.
Even in the issue of Artificial Intelligence, no one has the freedom to do what is wrong. While laws and fines may not stop the spread of information, they still need to be created and implemented. The laws and fines must be honest, fair, and just, if they are to succeed.
People still need to be punished for doing what is wrong.
The Future for AI
The supporters of artificial intelligence cannot be blind cheerleaders towards their industry. While there is false information being spread about artificial intelligence, these supporters need to address the real issues of their work to ensure their product is right for society.