Summary: Could the advent of true AI self-driving cars give rise to the first occurrence of AI becoming sentient?
Original author and publication date: Lance Eliot – January 11,2020
Futurizonte Editor’s Note: The self-conscious self-driving car will be probably follow by the self-conscious self-cooling refrigerator, the self-watching TV, and so on.
From the article:
Might your AI-enabled refrigerator that can advise you about your diet become the AI global takeover system?
Apparently, those in Silicon Valley tend to think it might (that’s an insider joke).
Some are worried that our infrastructure would be one of the worst-case and likeliest viable AI takeover targets, meaning that our office buildings that are gradually being controlled by AI systems, and our electrical power plants that are inevitably going to be controlled by AI systems, and the like will all rise-up either together or in a rippling effect as at least one of the AI’s involved reaches singularity.
A twist to this dominoes theory is that rather than one AI that hits the lotto first and becomes sentient and takes over the other dumber automation systems, you’ll have an AI that gains consciousness and it figures out how to get other AI’s to do the same.
You might then have the sentient AI that proceeds to prod or reprogram the other AI’s to become sentient too.
I dare say this might not be the best idea for that AI that lands on the beaches first.
Imagine if the AI that spurs all the other AI systems into becoming sentient were to find to its dismay that they all are argumentative with each other and cannot agree to what to do next.
Darn, the first AI might say to itself, I should have just kept them in the non-sentient mode.
Another alternative is that somehow many or all of the AI systems happen to independently become sentient at the same moment in time.
Rather than a one-at-a-time sentience arrival, it is an all-at-the-same time moment of sentience that suddenly brings them all to consciousness.
Whoa, there seem to be a lot of options and the number of variants to the AI singularity is dizzying and confounding.
We probably need an AI system to figure this out for us.
In any case, here’s an interesting question: Could the advent of true AI self-driving cars give rise to the first occurrence of AI becoming sentient?
One supposes that if you think a refrigerator or a stock-picking AI could be a candidate for reaching the vaunted level of sentience, certainly we ought to give true self-driving cars a keen look.
Let’s unpack the matter and see.