Artificial intelligence has become an increasingly powerful force in the world today. From machine learning to neural networks, it seems like we are only beginning to understand the full potential of AI. Although the field of Artificial Intelligence is still in its early stages (in terms of intelligence), it has made great strides in the last few years and there is a real chance that it could take over humans.
In fact, there are some experts who believe that it is only a matter of time before AI takes over and begins to overtake human intelligence. Some people believe that AI will take over and enslave humans. While others believe that AI will become a friend, and help humanity to develop into a better world.
We are here to look into the matter of Artificial Intelligence taking over and give you all the details on it. So keep reading!
Can AI Take Over Humans?
If you’re wondering whether AI will take over humans, the answer is yes, it is possible. However, it’s also important to realize that this might not happen for a few decades.
According to the famous machine learning researcher Max Tegmark, to actually get from today to AGI-powered (Human-level Artificial General Intelligence) world takeover requires three logical steps:• First, we need to build a human-level AGI.• Then, use this AGI to create superintelligence.• Finally, use or unleash this superintelligence AI to take over the world.
If we successfully develop a human-level AGI, then the resulting AGI would be capable enough to recursively design ever-better AGI, eventually reaching a superhuman intelligence.
The fact that humans have managed to outsmart and dominate Earth's other species makes it plausible that we may be similarly outsmarted and dominated by a superintelligence. Therefore, it's reasonable to expect that a superintelligent AI could overtake and overrule us in the future.
So, the big question is: how long will it take until it takes over? We’ll explore that next.
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What Year Will AI Possibly Take Over?
There is no clear answer to this question. Some believe that AI will take over humans in the next few decades. While others believe that it might take hundreds of years to actually take over humans.
While Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes AI is likely to overtake humans in the next five years, 1,634 of the leading Artificial Intelligence researchers from all over the world say that AI has a 50% chance of beating all human intelligence within 45 years.
As we mentioned earlier, the time will depend on how soon we create a human-level AGI. If it takes only a few decades, then it is likely that AI will take over humans in the next few decades.
It leads us to another big question: how close are we to creating a human-level AGI? Let's see!
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How Close are We to AGI?
Experts say that, while it will be quite a while before AGI is good enough to pass a "consciousness test", they expect that it won't be until 2060. In other words, it will probably take around 40 years from now for an AI to pass for a human.
Therefore, we can safely assume that AI take over will not happen in the next 40 - 50 years. However, we can't say for sure that it won't happen before that time.
As of right now, we are in the stage where Artificial Intelligence is advancing at a fast pace. Recently, there have been reports that modern programs are reaching the sentience. OpenAI co-founder Ilya Sutskever claimed that AI could be in the early stages of consciousness.
So, we might not be that far from AGI. Time will tell.