Man Versus the Machine

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:’PopoN1hKRahHrv5oI1981A’,sig:’5nZfXUpm9aZhpX7eOT-h8UN4gWlrMjKXhY5FIcGQbbY=’,w:’494px’,h:’349px’,items:’640351095′,caption: true ,tld:’com’,is360: false })});Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently grabbed headlines in the artificial intelligence community with his comments that AI could be the cause for World War III. He’s warned that threats from AI could be more risky than a nuclear North Korea.

His comment regarding World War III came in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said that the country leading the way in AI will rule the world. In the recent past, Musk has encouraged countries and states to take a more proactive approach, and regulate the technology before it becomes more widely used.

Musk is right that politicians will play a significant role in the impacts of artificial intelligence. Whether or not he is right about the eminent threat that AI poses to global peace, there are other significant measures that state, federal and international governments will need to consider.

Below are two recent instances of government stepping into the realm of artificial intelligence, and how that could impact our future:

The U.S House of Representatives is addressing legislation that would speed up the deployment of autonomous vehicles. The legislation would prevent states from blocking the rollout of these self driving cars, paving a more open path for the rollout of this technology. The bill would allow automakers the ability to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards. The bill became fast tracked because autonomous cars can prevent the vast majority of accidents that are caused by human error. Consumer organizations are still looking to weigh in on certain safety and ethical concerns that come from driverless cars.

There are other industries and spaces that will sorely need the regulation of government, when it comes to AI.

Hawaii just passed HCR 89 a bill that directs the state government to convene an economic security working group. It’s a bill designed to allow the exploration of a universal basic income. Automation threatens jobs in the state’s service-based economy. The bill is a way to provide distributed wealth to residents, whether or not they work. It’s among the first discussion of universal-based income within the U.S. This comes at a point where robots pose a direct threat to workers in manufacturing and service-based industries.

There are other industries and spaces that will sorely need the regulation of government, when it comes to AI.

It won’t be the last time the government weighs in on transportation or jobs, when it comes to artificial intelligence. The impact that AI has on healthcare liability and patient privacy would be profound. It will have a significant impact in education, transportation, manufacturing and other industries as well.

Facebook has a motto – “move fast and break things.” The technology industry, and Silicon Valley on a whole, is known for this type of mentality. While that drive and passion may land your company with the latest and greatest social media platform or technological gadget, it could be dangerous in the development of the most significant technology of our times.

The balance that needs to be struck into the future will be how to move forward with groundbreaking technology while protecting consumers and the general population at the same time.


Photo credit: Getty Images

The post Man Versus the Machine appeared first on The Good Men Project.

(via The Good Men Project)

Add Comment