Are Computer Scientists Sealing Their Fate By Programming AI Software to Do Research Science?

It seems every day we look around, computers, robotics, and artificial intelligence are taking the jobs of humans. As a former employer it’s difficult for me to give you an opinion of all of this that you will be satisfied with, and that is because I’ve¬†¬†watched some of the shenanigans that human beings attempt to pull while they are gainfully employed. Now then, I would like to talk to you about this challenge we have with our ever-increasing and advancing technology in the present period.

As the coordinator for a think tank, as we work on ways to improve efficiencies in business, industry, government, military, energy, water, education, transportation, healthcare, and economics. It seems that artificial intelligence, robotics, and computers are the answer to attaining such productivity and efficiency. Thus, at this level, and for the computer scientists that do the research, I’d say we are somewhat unfazed with the unintended consequences that this might cause the future. In fact, until it affects us personally, it’s doubtful that we will be bothered by such triviality in our quest to better these technologies.

Nevertheless, I would like to ask the question which happens to be the title of this article; “are our computer scientists inadvertently sealing their own fate by doing research and programming the latest artificial intelligent software, robotics, and computers which will use these new algorithmic schemes?” The answer is yes, and we don’t have to look too far to understand that the challenge is already here. After all, what was the first thing that they wanted to use IBM’s “Watson” Supercomputer for once it won “Jeopardy” and outscored the top humans in the game?

That’s right, they put it to work doing medical and healthcare research. Being able to scan all the human research all over the planet, while making connections and cross pollinating ideas is something that this new computer is highly suited for, and therefore humans will not be needed to do the same thing. In fact, once they train these artificial intelligent computers to start asking their own questions, is about the time when humans may not be needed at all. Now one might say humans will be needed to make the prototypes, set up the Petri dishes, and do all the work, but they won’t be doing any of the thinking, and we can hire interns for that Petri dish work.

“Put sample A and Petri dish A-147 Blue, and put sample the in Petri dish A-155 Red.”

But really if our goal is fairly simple instructions, then couldn’t a robot do that? In that case, in the future we may not need human researchers and scientists at all, and therefore they may be programming themselves out of work as we speak. Still, as an online article writer, the AI software scientists are busy programming computers to write literature, so I suppose my days and writing career are numbered as well; A-160 Green. Are you beginning to hear my point, and see what I mean?



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