Law, Ethics and AI – Ingredients for success or otherwise?

When one speaks of AI, there are normally one of two reactions?

The first is one of excitement, opportunity and hope for the future.

The second is one of worry and fear of losing jobs  

Is there a third way where we can balance the two?

As AI conferences start popping up across the world, there is a sense of urgency for all stakeholders to understand what exactly is going on.  For many computer scientists, this has been their daily bread and butter, and with new startups and companies embracing and appreciating such intelligence and technologies there is an unprecedented demand for such talent.

Accordingly to Moore’s Law, what ever the cost name, be it sky rocket, it is most likely if not with certainty, to decrease over time.  As early adopters push the game ahead, people even the most reserved will follow – inevitably.

Think of the mobile phone, laptop or even the thought of autonomous cars.

The desire to be that, or have that is in some ways illogical.  But as people more openly embrace robotics as a more cost- efficient way of doing business, then the opposite question arises – why not?

What are we holding onto so dearly to that we cannot phanthom giving me?

Speaking to those in the maritime and construction industry, their skill is their life line.  What does training up or retraining mean to them?  Even after 7 years of studying law or medicine or any other subject, we become fully convinced there can’t be a better way of doing things?  That somehow re-training, un-learning, re-learning couldn’t make us better at what we do?

Striving for constant self-improvement is like a muscle, right?  Perhaps there are multiple ways of getting the end result, yet it takes courage to see there is an alternative path.

The uncertainty in these technological developments are also an opportunity for humanity to realise their potential.  Without trying, how will we ever find out?

 

 

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