Learn the possible artificial intelligence threats and how you can best prepare for them.
Artificial Intelligence: Are We Prepared for Its Takeover?
Artificial Intelligence Definition: It refers to the development of machines to function and “think” like humans. These systems may also acquire visual perception, information processing, and deep learning with less or zero intervention from people.
The Rise of the Machine
An artificial intelligence takeover seems to be the stuff of sci-fi movies, but some scientists consider its possibility.
AI or artificial intelligence has been around for some time now. It's probably even longer than many of us realize.
In fact, many applications depend on or use it sometimes we forget they do. From your computer to your mobile phone, your home, workplace, the car you drive, and the plane you ride, AI is everywhere.
The advancements in artificial intelligence are also in banks, hospitals, and factories. They can also be in digital media, entertainment, and modern toys and video games.
Indeed, AI goes beyond those movies about machines coexisting with humans.
There are benefits artificial intelligence offers to mankind, even though there are also risks. One of the benefits of AI technology is it can do complex tasks.
It can complete jobs faster, and they are less likely to make mistakes than humans. Some tasks are so difficult or complicated we can never achieve the same results, say, a robot can.
In some instances, AI makes impossible jobs doable. These include studying the moon's surface up close or working in conditions that can be otherwise fatal to humans like extreme heat or chemical exposure.
Technology Is Cool, but . . .
Artificial intelligence also makes our everyday lives easier. We now enjoy and even rely on the conveniences it creates.
At home, you have machines that can do the chores such as your automatic washer and robotic vacuum cleaner. Your security system helps keep your family and home safer.
We can all think of a hundred ways automation makes life better for us.
When comparing artificial vs human intelligence, perhaps we can say we humans are still smarter. We, though, can never deny the advantages of AI. Nevertheless, it's also important to be aware of the risks.
Artificial Intelligence Take-Over: Truth or Myth?
Some people think the idea of artificial intelligence dominating the world is cartoonish. Unfortunately, the reality is closer to the truth than you may think.
We don’t need to point out the obvious: the signs are all around us. Take, for example, the self-driving car developed by Google to the 3D-printed bionic limbs and organs.
If Nobel Prize winner theoretician and physicist Stephen Hawking himself feared an impending machine attack, then the red panic button is on as far as we are concerned.
If Stephen Hawking, supposed smartest physicist on the planet, thinks seriously about this, so do we, so should you.
Unlike a war or a hurricane, the war of the machines can happen in an instant and overnight. You may not be ready enough to deal with its challenges.
What Exactly Is an AI Attack?
To understand an AI attack, My Family Survival Plan provided an analysis. Many works of art highlight the supposed artificial intelligence takeover or attack. These include The Terminator or the Lawnmower Man.
Interestingly, if you look at sci-fi movies since the sixties, some of those concepts may already exist today. It means the human mind can have some ideas on how the world will change within the next 50 to 100 years.
In a previous interview, Stephen Hawking used to explain the technology that powered his device. This tech allowed him to communicate.
It could analyze his previously used words so it could already determine what he would say next. It was advanced than the one found in smartphones.
It's the same technology Hawking warned humans about. This is because it can have the capability to surpass human intelligence.
Artificial Intelligence Threat
Problems arise when we become too dependent on artificial intelligence. If you work using a computer, you definitely know how annoying, frustrating, and debilitating it can be when your laptop or desktop suddenly crashes or shuts down.
The same is true when your phone starts malfunctioning, and you have no other choice but to survive without a landline. One has to prepare for this situation, especially how to get by without technology if necessary.
Robots and machines make work easier, but they also have the potential to take over our jobs. Because of their efficiency and their ability to make few or no mistakes, some industries or companies may switch to automation.
The Future of Artificial Intelligence
For others, the biggest artificial intelligence threat is how people can use it for bad intentions. Whether they can become sentient remains debatable.
What is clear is they can end up in the wrong hands. Consider cyberwarfare or the use of drones for terrorism.
We may end up experiencing some of the world's most horrifying events. Without us knowing it, AI machines completely take over human lives.
All we preppers can do for now is prepare for the possibility. There are some ways to deal with the situation:
- Electromagnetic pulse (EMP) guns
- Ultra-high voltage to burn their circuits
- Water to short them out
Most of all, we need to encourage the responsible use and cautionary development of AI. This way, we can significantly reduce the likelihood they become tools for criminals.
Watch this video from Canadian Prepper for more insights into the artificial intelligence threat and how you can prepare for it:
We have no doubt artificial intelligence is here to stay, and it will progress as science and technology grow. What we don't know for sure is how it will eventually play out in the future.
What we can do is to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.
It's time to bring out your authentic survivalist approach. Come hell or high water, you can count on a prepper to be all ready for what's to come.
In the end, when it comes to artificial intelligence vs human intelligence, we can make the latter win!
How do you prepare for a possible artificial intelligence attack? Share your ideas in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 19, 2015, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.