My opinion about technology and innovation changed after I watched Steven Spielberg’s movie Artificial Intelligence.
The story in brief: in the future the arctic and antarctic melt. The water covers most part of the world. To survive human develops almost human robots. David (Haley Joel Osment) is an android robot which looks like an 11 year old boy. He thinks and behaves like a 11 year old boy. He can feel emotion too. He is capable to love unconditionally.
Family Swinton takes David into their house. Their 11 year old son, Martin is braindead. David turns to be a perfect replacement son for the Swinton. One day Martin awakes. The Swintons get their son back but David is jealous. He drowns Martin the pool. The Swintons decide to have David destroyed by a robot company. However Martin’s mother doesn’t have the heart to do this. She dumps David in the woods.
Then David’s adventure as a robot begins. He cherishes the wish to be a real human.
Before watching Artificial Intelligence I used to think progress was good. Technique and innovation make our life easier, isn’t it? But, the past years discussions about AI (Artificial Intelligence) have taken more and more of my attention. World famous physicist Stephen Hawking said that AI could be our worst mistake in the history. Tesla CEO Elon Musk went even further by stating With Artificial Intelligence we are summoning the demon.
Those two men are authority in their field. Are they exaggerating? Their statement made me indeed wonder, is human aware what the consequences of AI? Steven Spielberg only depicted one facet of the AI in this movie.
Me as an average earth citizen, I do think how life of my daughter and my grandchildren would be like, let’s say 100 years from now. What job would they have to earn money if almost all jobs are digitalized or done by robots? Would they have a robot like David at home? How could they know if someone is real human or a robot? What if robots have emotion and are capable of showing it? How would they show it if they are angry?
I mean human’s ethic requires more consideration regarding the flashy pace of AI development and the consequences.
I leave you with my last question about AI, Should we be worried now?