I firmly believe that artificial intelligence (AI) and the notion of a “superintelligent” machine have the potential to pose serious existential threats to the human race. Many seem committed to exploring AI without fully considering the consequences and implications such a machine could pose. If our desire is to create a machine that equals or even exceeds human intelligence, why would we expect these machines to not exhibit the same selfish desires that we do? In other words, what happens when the superintelligent machine stops following the commands of its creator (inevitably, us) and begins to act in its own best interests? Surely, we could all be doomed.
The scenario is this: a superintelligent machine has been inadvertently created somewhere in a lab in Korea. Unbeknownst to the engineers on the product, a machine was created whose intellect and intelligence mimicked that of the human intelligence, but with zero imperfections. Incredibly, this machine was able to replicate its own superintelligent capabilities in other robots. Given the rapid speed of technological development, the human mind lacks far behind in the mental capabilities of these new machines. They are entirely unpredictable; we dont know what weapons or method of destruction they could implement. Now, these machines are most the intelligent beings on earth, leaving the human race as nothing but prey.
From the readings, I would select Milton Friedman to join my team to defeat this AI takeover. Why? He is one of the most brilliant and well-respected economists of recent memory. Possessing an incomparable intellect and wit, Friedman was an unapologetic defender of capitalism and free enterprise. I am certain that his intellectual abilities, problem solving skills, and superb oratory and debate skills would make Friedman a vital asset on this survival team.
From our class, I would select Lexi. We have worked together throughout our time at Bucknell and I am confident that she is loyal and trustworthy, valuable qualities to survival team. She is a hard worker who is able to remain calm in stressful situations. In attempting to rid ourselves of this unforeseen AI takeover, I believe that Lexi, Friedman, and I would make a strong, innovative, and advanced team, able to leverage the unmatchable biologies abilities of the human intellect to exploit technology’s flaws.
Finally, I would select Professor Santanen, as AI is a topic that he knows a lot about. We discussed AI throughout the technological organization and he and I share similar viewpoints on the existential threat such machines could eventually create. He is incredibly smart, advanced in detailed specifics of technological devices, and able to think on his feet. I know that he would provide a valuable addition to our team in the fight against AI.
In selecting this team, I have focused primary on intelligence, creative, and problem solving abilities as I believe these are the skills most applicable to defeating a possible AI revolution.