Elon Musk believes artificial intelligence (AI) is actually more powerful than nuclear weapons and will cause the third world war. This raises the question, is he right? Will AI be the demise of humanity?
In order to understand how AI gets its intelligence, we need to look at the human brain. Humans process information via the five senses, which gets sent to the salience network. The brain uses a complex set of algorithms to process information and come up with an output. Unimportant information gets sent to the parasympathetic nervous system, while highly important, life-threatening information gets processed in the sympathetic nervous system. This is otherwise known as the body’s F3 response: fight, flight or freeze.
F3 is one of the most powerful networks in our brain. For most of us, this mechanism is hyperactive and gives us body sensations all throughout the day without us even noticing. In fact, doctors have done studies showing that 80% of diseases are caused by excess stress. This comes from our stress center, which is F3 activation.F3 is the single most important difference between humans and AI.
Whereas the brain draws upon the five senses, AI only has one input. It discards any information that is non-essential. Does it know what is right and wrong? Life-threatening and not? Only as much as it istaught the difference between right and wrong -- but it doesn’t yet understandwhy. AI doesn’t have a consciousness or a biological mechanism for survival like humans do.
Given this information, we can identify three things that AI does not have to deal with that humans do.
There’s a lot of hype and fear about AI but the bottom line is that AI is fact-driven and humans are emotionally-driven and motivated. Does this make one better than the other? Depends on who you ask. Does this mean that AI has a leg up on humanity? We can’t say for sure but we believe AI and Humanity can work hand in hand to make the world a more productive place.
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