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how far is too far


how far is too far

Jonathan Tom

Yesterday during the Google I/O keynote their CEO, Sundar Pichai, made several announcements but the one I would like to talk about is Google Duplex - an evolution (?) of Google Assistant whereby it can, or will be able to, make phone calls for you to make restaurant reservations, hair appointments, and finding out holiday hours of operation. It was announced with a recording which Pichai said was a recording of an interaction between Google’s AI and a hair salon. I have to concede that the voice sounded very natural and I’m not sure, if I had been in the receiving side of that call, if I would have been able to tell the difference between it and a real person; the person in the example clearly did not.

While I’m clearly in entrenched in the technology camp; the question has been asked often and more-so now after Google Duplex’s announcement, “how far is too far?”. I think there are valid arguments on both sides of the proverbial fence but for me, I think we’re still quite a ways away from some sort of skynet). Notably, about a month ago, Elon Musk posted a “warning” against AI, saying that AI needn’t necessarily be malicious but that it could still pose a significant threat to humanity.

”If AI has a goal and humanity just happens to be in the way, it will destroy humanity as a matter of course without even thinking about it. No hard feelings”. Elon Musk

What do you think about the advancement in technology? Is there a point at which humanity goes too far? If so, how far away is that day?