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Artificial Intelligence: Boon or Bane?

Recently, a video went viral on Facebook and other social sites in which Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google was giving a speech on the new features of google maps, and google assistant. Google Assistant was shown talking over a phone call, fixing an appointment in a salon. She was communicating so naturally that it was tough to even for the person on the other side of the line to recognize that it was a machine talking to her. The video clearly hinted at the future of artificial intelligence. The machines are definitely going to take the place of we humans, at several places. But at the same time, it is going to create a number of skilled jobs. However, our main concern in this article is not related to the scarcity of the traditional jobs, or availability of new skilled jobs in the near future, we are mainly concerned about whether artificial intelligence is going to be a boon or bane?

We all know that every technology developed so far is being used for both evil and noble purposes, likewise will be the fate of artificial intelligence, according to my opinion. However, we must make sure that we do not take the research too far and too deep, the depth of intelligence of the machine must always remain in our control, lest we will become witnesses of a series of disasters, one after other. On the other hand, if research will be well directed and controlled, we will have a bright future for the generations to come.

The fear, we feel around ourselves and in the society regarding the dark sides of machine intelligence is quite natural, considering the fact that most of us have quite inadequate knowledge of artificial intelligence and its working, moreover, a number of movies are made showing only the dark sides of the machine intelligence. However, everything that is being presented to the public regarding artificial intelligence is far from reality, those are just fictional instances of machine learning. In reality, everything is under control right now and there is no need of getting stressed. In near future, however, whether it turns out to be boon or bane totally depends on the direction and depth that will be provided to the research in this field at the highest level. If our greed crosses the limit, Terminator may no longer remain a fiction.

It is therefore required on our part that we understand our responsibilities towards the human race, and try to build a bright future for the coming generations. With great power comes great responsibilities, our researchers need to understand this. Hope for the best.

Concluding this article, I would like to tell you about the real problem, there will be no problem till we keep designing the algorithms for the machine, the problem arises when the machine starts designing its algorithm by itself. This approach of artificial intelligence in which the machine design its own algorithm is known as automated machine learning and can prove to be very dangerous if not properly handled. I will not go into detail about automated machine learning, it is for you to explore and learn.



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