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Why AI won’t take over the world

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We’ve been hearing about the impending robot takeover of the world since at least the early 20th century, and we’re still waiting for it to happen.

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Part of the reason that we haven’t yet been overtaken by mechanized overlords is that artificially intelligent (AI) systems have not achieved general intelligence, or intellectual capabilities comparable to those of human beings.

Here are a few reasons why AI isn’t going to take over the world anytime soon, and also why this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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The history of artificial intelligence

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The term artificial intelligence was first coined in 1956 at a conference held at Dartmouth College by J.C.R Licklider (who is also noted for coming up with ARPANET, which led to what we now know as internet). Following Licklider’s conference there were many milestones and new discoveries in AI research, including works by Newell and Simon in 1958 regarding their Logic Theorist program that could prove mathematical statements to be true or false based on premises set out for it.

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Can artificial intelligence really replicate human behavior?

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Artificial Intelligence – A I


While it’s probably a bad idea to make an overly narrow prediction about whether artificial intelligence will advance to such an extent that it can actually take over or replicate human behavior—it’s unlikely we will ever develop truly sentient robots capable of rendering humanity obsolete. But that doesn’t mean artificial intelligence isn’t already revolutionizing modern life.

What fields can artificial intelligence be used in?

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AI is a blanket term for technologies and software that are designed to automate or improve tasks involving planning, learning and problem solving. While it is easy to think of examples from science fiction that showcase AI’s potentially harmful nature—the Terminator franchise springs to mind—AI can actually be used in a variety of ways. As such, there’s no one specific field in which it is being deployed.

Will we ever become obsolete to AI?

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We’ve been hearing about artificial intelligence for decades. Although science fiction films like Terminator and iRobot showed us a bleak vision of an inevitable robotic takeover, it looks like we might not have to worry about being replaced by machines anytime soon. Here are some reasons why that’s true.

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Should we fear artificial intelligence?


While it may seem like we’re living in a real-life version of The Terminator , don’t worry: AI isn’t about to kill us all. But let’s look at how artificial intelligence could affect our future, from healthcare to transportation and beyond. You might be surprised to learn that while AIs might be smarter than humans, they’re still no match for our ingenuity and know-how.

So when is this going to happen?

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Well, it could happen at any time really. Maybe you are reading an automated news story right now that was written by a super intelligent computer? But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. While most people think we will achieve true artificial intelligence in around 100 years time (or sooner), researchers say computers will never reach human levels of intelligence and consciousness because machines have no way to interpret and understand abstract concepts like beauty or humor.

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