The latest name to make an entry in the AI controversy is Garry Kasparov. In the words of this former Chess World Champion, humans should accept and ‘embrace’ the change that smart machines offer society.
According to his recent speech at the Def Con in Las Vegas, he spoke in favor of the rise of artificially intelligent machines and dismissed the idea of them, as being a huge threat to humanity. Also, he regarded that it would be good if the effects of AI would pace up.
He started off by sharing his experiences of playing chess against IBM’s Deep Blue computer and many other ‘smart machines’ and had the thoughts of linking the current enhancement of AI with historical context.
He regarded that this is the actual time when we are finding the true application of AI. He described it to be a ‘black box’, which reaches its decision by itself and reasons justified for the decision were impossible to deny. In contrast, he regarded that he was beaten at chess by the Deep Blue super computer, in 1996 and 1997, was a very fast computer that resorted to ‘brute force’ techniques for winning.
He dismissed the idea that with the arrival of authentically intelligent machines, humanity was not shrouded under the dark haze as history witnessed that every novel innovation was a force of creative destruction.
He regarded that, the problem is not that machines are being the replacements to human jobs or only following people with a college degree or twitter account to their name. But the fact remains that technology destroys jobs before it even creates them and this is the process which has been following itself.
There are already instances where the human effort is reduced by computers to save them from the struggle. For example, an expert system can diagnose a disease with more ease and accuracy than the team of even the world’s best doctors and nurses.
He hopes that the generations to come would look back to be amazed that 21st Century life was so people-centric, in reference to field such as car driving, where human fallibility risks unnecessary lives.
Ultimately, when humans started working with smart machines, obviously opportunities were created for creativity and change.
Lastly, his ending notes were, “ We all have these fears that machines will replace us and we’ll be extinguished but I believe there is plenty of room for creativity. And lots of it.It’s up to us humans to do what only humans can do and that’s dream and dream big so we can get the most out of these amazing new tools”.