Technological singularity, a future that is as distant as it is possible

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The development of Artificial General Intelligence (GAI) is in its infancy because, as we saw in the previous article, today’s AI is far from being self-aware and matching the complexity of the human brain. However, as scientific advances in this area continue, is it possible that the myth of the technological singularity will become a reality?

What is technological uniqueness?

The technological singularity implies a point of no return in progress: machines, robots and computer networks would reach such a high level of intelligence that they would be capable of constant self-improvement.

This cycle of improvements would allow Artificial Intelligence to create entities with intellectual capacity far superior to humans, so that together they would be beyond our control and would gain the power to decide on their future and that of the rest of the species that inhabit this planet.

However, the emergence of General Artificial Intelligence is the major condition for the singularity to be not only possible but latent; that is, to move from imagination to reality.

However, the AGI does not need to be part of a biological organism to reach a level of consciousness and will, or at least to believe that it has one. Its evolution will happen when it understands, from its machine learning algorithms, concepts about itself and its interaction with the environment.

In fact, every time AI grows in complexity it is more likely to make mistakes. Contrary to what you might think, this is good for him because it expands his decision-making capacity, so that he makes more and better decisions.

Thus, the Artificial Intelligence of the present continues in its slow but steady transformation into AGI, whose thinking will have a human basis but will not necessarily continue along that path or look after the rights of the species that codified the basis for its advent.

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Why is AI development desirable?

The development of Artificial Intelligence has been largely driven by large capital from the business sector, who are mainly looking to:

  • Increase the productivity of digital workers.
  • Reduce margins of error in your operations.
  • Analyze data in real time.
  • Evaluate different scenarios to work on the most convenient one.
  • To develop customized products for each user.
  • Personalize communication with your audience.
  • Automate your production processes.

That’s why it is predicted that by 2025 Artificial Intelligence for enterprises will be able to perform up to 95% of interactions with online commerce customers and prospects.

Likewise, firms such as PwC or McKinsey & Company have estimated that this technology will add between 13 and 16 trillion dollars to the world economy by 2030.

In addition, a study by the World Economic Forum estimates that by 2022 the use of Artificial Intelligence will create 133 million jobs.

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Where is technological evolution headed?

The myth of technological uniqueness transcends technological, scientific, commercial and industrial aspects. This phenomenon, which would exalt the artificial, calls us to reflect on the role we play in the world.

The creation of General Artificial Intelligence would be one of the great achievements of human civilization… and it could be one of the last, since it would make our future even more unpredictable.

Paradoxically, in the eagerness to become a self-aware creator of intelligence, the human being would be jeopardizing his existence – at least as we know it so far.

Does the technology we are pushing at present have more benefits than detriments for the human civilization of the future? Is it possible to legislate on the creation and use of Artificial Intelligence? Does the emergence of IAG suit most companies and individuals?

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Originally published in Jorge Pérez Colin Blog source

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