What creates AI? Certainly not for the common good.

After this boom associated with artificial intelligence, technology companies and researchers make us believe, that AI is the solution to all problems. This is a real breakthrough and “happiness to everyone”. However, this position is not shared by all. For example, Jared Moore, counselor ethics School of computer science, Washington state University, not long ago spoke about that an AI is created not in order to make our lives better.

Whether the AI is good?

Why AI is bad

In order to understand this question, let us turn to history. Then we will understand that this kind of statement is not a new development. For example, in his book 2012 The Master Switch, researcher of contemporary history, Tim Wu argues that in the early days of television, many people thought it was going to change the world by making information free and available to the public. In the 90-ies of the telecentres was to take the educational gap in developing countries. In the end we all know what has become of television today. A more recent example is our favorite the Internet. There are all developed about the same scheme.

These assumptions were based on the belief that the mere presence of technology is able to start social change. But it’s not. Proponents of this position ignore the fact that problems like poverty, crime or social inequality is the result of policy errors, not the lack of technology. It is the same as to say that if you give everyone a smartphone, then poverty will disappear. — says Jared Moore.

Similarly, according to the scientist, the statement that “AI is created for the common good” ignores the fact, technology, when they are not aimed at the root of the problem, only distract our attention from what is really important. On the one hand, it seems obvious that AI will make things better. It will create new types of jobs will lead automation to a new level, and so on. Solid idyll.

It is actually much more complicated. In order to create some statistical models that form the core of artificial intelligence systems you have to use more energy than the average American family consumes in one year. Behind the scenes of the artificial intelligence systems, such as those that allow a car without a driver “see”, there are thousands of low-wage workers, processing millions of images. These people perform such tasks as “to outline the truck in this picture” for several months. The AI while to learn, such is not able. These realities seem to contradict the fact that AI is a tool for social good. So, when someone talks about “good” which will bring another algorithm, the question must be asked: what benefit and for whom? And if you can achieve the same more simple methods?

Facebook, Google, Microsoft and many other developers in building AI systems assume that my job is in healthcare, energy or the prevention of crimes is a sufficient argument in favor of the AI. While some of the developments that have been created by AI, it could without them. It would be even cheaper.

Moreover, the statement only the use of artificial intelligence do extremely like what happened with television and the Internet. Yes, now we actively use the benefits of civilization, but by and large they have become tools for making money on us by large corporations. This is the future we want for ourselves? So if we imagine a future side-by-side with the AI? Unlikely.