What will happen when AI becomes smarter than humans?

Can we control artificial intelligence when it gets smarter than us?

After a robot amazed scientists by besting the most renowned Go-playing human currently alive, the issue of whether we can stop AI taking over the world is has again come to the forefront.  

AlphaGo, Google DeepMind’s game of Go-playing AI beat the world’s best Go-playing human, Lee Sedol from Korea, in three rounds of the game, astounding scientists, who believed this advancement would not happen for another 10 years.

On Monday 14 March on Q&A, the subject of whether a well-structured ethical framework could prevent AI from controlling the planet was discussed.  

According to molecular biologist Upulie Divisekera, a strong ethical framework will be the key to keeping AI under control, especially when it becomes self-aware and able to command itself.

“We have the power and we have the ability to construct the AI we want to see…We have to think about how we want our society to look in the future and what sort of ethical framework we want to introduce to develop the artificial intelligence," she said.

It is now a well-understood fact that self-learning robots are on their way. American physicist and string theorist Brian Greene says that instead of fearing AI, we should be embracing it as a path towards the next stage of human evolution. 

"How about the possibility we are just in a new stage of evolution and we will migrate from this form to another form. That might be the natural order in which evolution takes place in a technical era," he said.

Mr Greene also added that if becoming a "silicon-based being" meant he could be immortal, he would take that opportunity.

When it comes to job losses, Australia’s chief scientist Alan Finkel agreed that automation would result in significant shifts in the ways many current roles are carried out.

However, the development of AI would also result in the creation of new jobs.

“At least 45 to 50 per cent of the jobs we know of today will disappear in the next 20 years, but there will be replacement jobs.

 “I don't think there are any industries safe from automation but I'm not convinced that the job losses are inevitable because what's happening is, with the automation, companies get a head start, they are competitive, they earn wealth and re-invest the wealth," Dr Finkel said.

How do you feel about the way AI is advancing? Should we be excited by and embrace automation or do you think humans are allowing technology to control their lives too much? Do you fear a time when robots are smarter than the humans who created them?

Read more at theguardian.com.au and abc.net.au.





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    Glen48
    16th Mar 2016
    11:17am
    One day you will go to a bot describe you ailment and the bot will print out a prescription or give you advice...all jobs are at risk except those how use their hands such as gardeners any job that cant be replicated,
    Brue
    16th Mar 2016
    12:49pm
    And house painters climbing up extension ladders.
    particolor
    16th Mar 2016
    6:09pm
    DALEK Politicians Already !! .."EXTERMINATE" :-) :-)
    Chris B T
    17th Mar 2016
    9:10pm
    We already have Doctor Google and self medication with over the counter drugs.
    ;-(0)

    16th Mar 2016
    12:41pm
    The government has been filled with robots for years - bum-kissing ones which have voice-activated nodding heads which move when their boss utters something, no matter how asinine the comment may be.
    Brue
    16th Mar 2016
    12:50pm
    And you can't get an inteligent answer out of government robots
    MICK
    16th Mar 2016
    3:14pm
    More like stooges pretending to be robots. The difference is that robots have intelligence.
    Gee Whiz
    22nd Mar 2016
    8:01am
    Good one Fast Eddie.

    The nodding head robots are already amongst us. You see them standing behind politicians every time the "living dead" get their ugly mugs on TV.

    I'm not sure but I think they have got their hand up the pollies bum moving their mouth. Politician Muppets.
    particolor
    22nd Mar 2016
    8:19pm
    Ay Ed ! Watch J. Bish next time she's behind Mal making a Waffle !! :-) :-) Makes Noddy look dead ! :-) :-)
    Brue
    16th Mar 2016
    12:51pm
    Nah! I will be dead by then
    MICK
    16th Mar 2016
    3:15pm
    So who cares? While we are at it throw a few more lumps of coal on the fire Brue.
    Australians used to give a damn!
    particolor
    16th Mar 2016
    6:13pm
    $5,500 Bucks fine now if You go to the Coalface and PROTEST !! :-( :-( ...Now do you see which side the Gestapos Toast is Buttered on ?? :-)
    pedro the swift
    16th Mar 2016
    1:35pm
    Robots take over? Just pull the plug!
    Anyway Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics will keep us safe.
    MICK
    16th Mar 2016
    3:16pm
    If it were all so simple.
    MICK
    16th Mar 2016
    3:13pm
    Hard to believe that so few readers have interest in this one. We are al involved already and in 20 years time one has to wonder whether people will have a traditional job available or not. It will change the human race forever.
    We have all seen many of the movies where robots do bad things. Some great ones in the past few years. I do challenge the statement above "a strong ethical framework will be the key to keeping AI under control" and suggest that as is always the case this will not happen over time. We already have technology where robots design other robots and when mankind is out of the loop I see the potential for a bad future. Of course we lot will all be gone and be able to avoid the results of many of our actions.
    Glen48
    16th Mar 2016
    3:30pm
    Other thing is if 45% are unemployed who will be buying???
    particolor
    16th Mar 2016
    6:17pm
    Robots have already taken over in Australian and other Countries Politics ! .. Mal.. " YES MASTER" :-) :-)
    JJ
    17th Mar 2016
    4:35pm
    Many of the technological advances have not been to our real advantage. It may seem that they are good, until we start losing jobs because robotic appliances can work without having to be paid a salary. I can't see the point of creating robots to perform tasks that we should be doing for ourselves. To become dependent on machines is not in our best interest.
    Glen48
    17th Mar 2016
    4:42pm
    Many yrs ago a group of men would go out chopped down a tree loaded it on a Bullock dray and lugged it of to the mill all the men had a job and an income..now 1 multi million dollar machine will do the same while the un employed sit at home..and the population increases..my thought is if you want to put in bots then a high tax loading needs to be in place which is not the answer as there is no job satisfaction,,,think the good times finished decades ago.
    JJ
    17th Mar 2016
    4:57pm
    You are so right! When I was young we had no trouble getting a job straight out of school. Employers were practically lining up! The only unemployed were the severely disabled, and we had very few problems with young people being idle and getting into or causing trouble. True, we had to work harder then, and had less disposable income and very little credit available, but we were all the better for that.