Is artificial intelligence a threat to humans?

Should we denounce the excesses of the famous algorithms which are used today for computer programming? Are there serious reasons in the long term that could constitute a threat to social life, employment, relationships at work? In what way, today, computer progress are they likely to worry humanity because of new cognitive faculties which are given to the programming?

Aso many questions that it would be important to formulate openly. Questions to be formulated in the light of which more and more industrial groups are thinking of totally mechanizing the company and replacing the worker instead, by robot operators who perform repetitive actions.

However, it is clear that the machine is gradually colonizing not only basic gestures, but also even the most sophisticated tasks which required a high level of expertise or qualification. Thus, law firms and design offices are increasingly calling on the expertise of an artificial intelligence which replaces an assistant, a researcher.

Artificial intelligence thus makes self-learning and self-assessment capacities possible. In a way, the machine today would be capable of judging and evaluating, of reasoning, of combining and of making choices. Artificial intelligence would thus gradually be a method of solving complex problems replacing the human being in the implementation of certain cognitive functions.

Yes, the machine does seem to colonize the reasoning faculties of human beings, which seemed to be an unthinkable attribute to replace. It appeared in fact so unimaginable that it would one day be possible to replace the intellect, a faculty which characterizes the human being, and yet the computer machine is in the process of gaining this ground. So much so that Stephen Hawking, associated with several scientists, expressed their deep fear, indicating that "AI could be the worst mistake in the history of mankind" ...

"These computers could become so proficient they would kill us by accident"

So the question is whether artificial intelligence really competes with the human mind, if artificial intelligence has something equivalent to human intelligence? In an in-depth chronicle we thus come back to the dimensions that characterize the human mind, we give a very astonishing definition of human intelligence, and show the irreducible limits of the machine, by lifting the grains of sand likely to seize the artificial intelligence.

Imitation or replica, hasn't man always had the dream of Pygmalion, or that of Mary Shelley in Frankenstein, or the modern Prometheus, of creating this other self, an upside down narcissus who contemplates his creature with pride? Is it the creator who has genius or the creature? If it was enough to give knowledge to a computer for it to become Mozart or the Beatles, would we be creating geniuses, or pale cold processors, capable of producing series of notes? This would be the height of narcissism: to create a robot that replicates Mozart! At the same time, a series of probability calculations, is that the real genius, the one who touches the soul? If we could create "Bach robots", the human ego would be flattered, but the "genius" cannot be calculated ... nor even programmed, it is a series of accidents, collisions, pains and loneliness that give birth to geniuses. But by trusting in the machine without conscience, the man risks to plagiarize François Rabelais to ruin his soul.

To learn more about the subject, discover Eric Lemaitre's column: Artificial intelligence, fascination or dehumanization.

Eric Lemaitre

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