What will be the outcome when AI 'outsmarts' humans?
By Shifeng Wang  |  May 26, 2023
What will be the outcome when AI 'outsmarts' humans?
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Views on AI diverge. Some see a savior bestowing immortality on and whisking humanity off to the stars. Others descry a false prophet encompassing the ruin of humankind. The Yuan is cordially inviting our contributors to read their auguries and divine a time when AI ‘outsmarts’ us in this new series.

SHANGHAI - Artificial intelligence (AI) has long sparked fears that humans will one day relinquish control of this seminal, transformative technology, with computers and their robotic servants eventually running amok unreined, taking over the world and subjugating humankind - or worse. Often keyed to a fever pitch in doomsday scenes in science-fiction movies - and less dramatically by the 1,100 experts in the field who recently called for a six-month pause in AI development - this dread seems ever more plausible. Recent advances in generative AI models like ChatGPT have only added fuel to the flames.

Another worry is that AI will instead simply nonchalantly obsolete humanity and unleash mass joblessness, but though this still relatively nascent technology has proven adept at myriad mundane or repetitive tasks, it has yet to demonstrate an actual ability to think and act independently. AI is thus largely neither ‘artificial’ nor ‘intelligent.’ It simply does as it is told or programmed to do, and its capabilities are usually only as good - or bad - as the data on which it feeds. Even seemingly intelligent models like ChatGP

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