Our relationship with artificial intelligence is a complicated one. It’s exciting to see how this technology has become more entwined with our day-to-day, but there’s also that lingering fear about what this means for humankind. And after growing up watching movies like Terminator and 2001: A Space Odyssey, it’s no surprise some of us may be reluctant to accept artificial intelligence into our lives.
People’s concerns about this technology may be warranted. Most of these machines can learn on their own — some have even developed their own secret languages to communicate with one another. Not to mention the very real threat of terrorists hacking smart devices like delivery drones and self-driving cars to cause destruction. With these things in mind, it’s critical for researchers to really understand how far is too far when developing AI.
Of course, there are positives for advancing beyond the early days of IBM’s Deep Blue chess-playing computer, an AI that helped pave the way for supercomputers like Watson. With AI like Watson and others, doctors now have help reviewing lengthy clinical trials and studies. Through the knowledge accumulated from their analyses, these supercomputers can even aid in diagnosing cancer patients. It’s imperative to understand that though some developments in AI might make us uneasy, we shouldn’t let our fears limit progress.
How might AI fit into our lives? Our chart explains advancements in AI ranging from novelty to utility. You can click on any of the AI to learn more about how humans benefit from their existence. And, use our Terminator score (with 1 being the least threatening and 5 being the most) to help decide if you should worry about a robot uprising with each AI.
Explore our chart to learn more about how these particular AI can help or harm humanity.