Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Mankind? Essay

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From the first imaginative thought to manipulate nature to the development of complex astronomical concepts of space exploration, man continues to this day to innovate and invent products or methods that improve and enhance humankind. Though it has taken 150 million years to reach current day, the intellectual journey was not gradual in a linear sense. If one was to plot significant events occurring throughout human existence, Mankind’s ability to construct new ideas follows a logarithmic path, and is rapidly approaching an asymptote, or technological singularity. This singularity event has scientists both supporting and rejecting the concept of an imaginative plateau; the largest topic discussed is Artificial Intelligence (A.I.).…show more content…
Moore in 1965. This rate states that every 18 months processing power, measured in calculations per second, either doubles or the physical space it occupies halves in size, without a change in manufacturing cost. Vernor Vinge, a pioneer in A.I. projects that if compared to human intelligence, set at 10TB of data storage and 100 trillion calculations, Moore’s law predicts A.I. will supersede its creators sometime after 2020. If this hypothesis proves correct, mankind will end. Natural selection favors higher intelligence. If this potential reality is rationally discussed, two outcomes are concluded. Either a super intelligence will seek to destroy all of mankind, or artificial components will gradually enhance the human body and mind until nothing human remains (besides perhaps personality); a peaceful mergence. A brief survey investigating opinions about the two outcomes above gave some insight on man’s view on the advent of A.I. Six of eight survey entries believed that A.I. will gradually be introduced in the form of cognitive enhancement. It is already evident that humans have begun altering themselves physically for better performance. Mental improvement is a logical next step. Survey entries also doubted that mankind would lack the wisdom to prevent an A.I. overthrow, and mentioned that artificial entities may choose to be friendly and live among
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