We have seen countless movies where the plot begins with humans creating robots, then all of a sudden these machines start to develop emotion and take over the entire mankind. However entertaining and dramatic it may seem to be, it has very less truth attached to it. Here are the top 4 myths about Artificial Intelligence you should probably clear:
MYTH 1: Advanced Robots will have feelings:
The most common misconception that arises when we talk about artificial intelligence is about consciousness and feelings. What if the robot starts to gain consciousness? What if it develop feelings and try to rule us all? Well, you have nothing to worry about. Stuart Russell, a computer scientist at the University of California at Berkeley says that no one who is publishing papers in the main field of AI is even working on consciousness. There are some neuroscientists who are trying to understand it, but no one has made any progress.
MYTH 2: Robots will develop emotions all by themselves:
We all have watched Wall-E a garbage compactor — that developed a lot of emotions. He experiences awe, fear, and love — emotions that don’t make him more efficient at his task. However, in reality, AI will only have emotions if they’re programmed with them. There wouldn’t be any emotions developed by their own. The one reason we might program emotions into robots would be to make them easier to work with — to make them less like unfeeling automatons and more like a favorite coworker.
MYTH 3: Robot emotions will be like human emotions:
Even if humans program robots with emotions, it would not be the same. Their emotions will be very rudimentary in comparison to humans. AI’s emotions will more reflect their programmed goals, based on the “anticipation of rewards,” according to LeCun.
LeCun assures us that even if AI have some form of emotions, there’s no reason to fear. LeCun said that this goal-reward behavior will likely be the whole scope of an AI’s emotional depth. The most destructive emotions like greed and anger will remain uniquely human.
MYTH 4: Even the most intelligent system wouldn’t want to overthrow humans:
As we say in the movie I, Robot where robots begin to develop emotions and eventually tried to overthrow humans, this thing is far from reality.
We have a tendency to anthropomorphize any kind of intelligence because we live in the world in which humans are the only example of high-level intelligence. We don’t really have a way of understanding what intelligence would be like if it wasn’t human. So anytime we see something intelligent, we immediately ascribe human motives and desires to it.
“If you design an artificial intelligence, you give that intelligence the desires and intentions that suit your needs, so the idea that an intelligent system would want to have freedom in the way a human does, I think is a huge misconception.” says Shimon Whiteson, an associate professor at the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam.