AI and Digital Dictatorships
We have all seen a movie or movies about robots who rebel against their human masters, using their intelligence, running very sophisticated machines and killing everyone on their way. For that reason, people are frightened by the rise of artificial intelligence. Yet the opposite must be the real issue. Robots rebelling against humans is unlikely to happen, what we should fear is that they will always obey their masters and never rebel. The real problem is not the artificial intelligence of the robots, but rather the natural inevitable stupidity and cruelty of their human masters.
warfare, humans will rely a lot more on robotic soldiers rather than human soldiers, on the one hand this will ensure for the first time in humankind history, that the laws of war would actually be obeyed, because unlike human soldiers, robots are not driven by emotions like fear, hatred or cruelty to kill. Yet, when evil masters who possess some malignant purposes control these robots, they probably would make the war crueler rather than better.
Surveillance systems can be as well controversial with the application of AI. It’s true that powerful surveillance algorithms, by monitoring all the activities of people, including their social media activity, phone calls, travels, credit cards, will collect and analyze so much information about them. This will allow the security services to prevent dangerous acts like terrorism and crime, which is a good thing for humanity. But in the hands of malignant governments, strong surveillance algorithms mixed with other technologies of surveillance can be the ultimate tool to monitor all citizens. By using the power of machine learning, and their understanding of the functioning of the human brain, they will surely have a capability to measure and know what every individual is thinking with every blink of an eye, privacy concerns will be bombed into oblivion.
Since machine learning works more efficiently when more informations (or training data) it can analyze are available, the centralization of informations to be processed will become necessary. in some authoritarian governments, citizens will somehow be under the obligation to share all their DNA and medical informations with a central agency, which will increase its chances of developing the research in biology and other medical fields, it’s a good thing. But sharing their medical informations will make those citizens under an absolute control by their governments. This is not what they have voted for.
Democracy as we know it in its actual form will not be able to survive the merger of Biotech and InfoTech, so in case it’s not capable of inventing itself in a radically new form, humans will be under the mercy of the so called “Digital Dictatorships”. human figureheads will be on the front screen at the highest levels of authority, as a proof that the ultimate power to enforce rules and take decisions is still in the human hands, and algorithms are only here as advisors. Of course, no AI will be appointed as the president of a country or the CEO of a big corporation. Nevertheless, the president’s and the CEO’s abilities will be limited to choosing from an already shaped menu by an AI that has more informations and more data analyzed about the world.