Technological boom that we witness changes the world everyday. What 40 years ago was a science fiction movie, today can be done. Do you remember the movie Terminator? Supercomputer that can learn and has an access to the worldwide network, takes control. It seems crazy, isn’t it?
hidden under the Dark Web, Lost Net and many other names. A part of Internet which we cannot access through a normal browser like Firefox or Chrome. In this part of the Internet we can find anything, there is no censorship and so we can write about our government from countries that do not allow that; we can access information which some people might not want citizens to know about; however we can also sell or buy illegal products or distribute illegal materials (drugs, hitmen, banned movies). It creates many controversies and is often mistaken with the Deep Web. You can read more about it in this short article Deep Web vs. Dark Web
Random Darknet Shopper
This project made by Swiss artists had an aim to purchase each week a random item in the Dark Internet for 100$. It wasn’t of course an AI, it was a bot – software programmed in order to follow rules from the algorithm. It happened however that this bot bought a fake Hungarian passport and 10 ecstasy pills. Already at this point, Swiss court will have a problem: did authors know something like this will happen? – for sure, Dark Internet is full of illegal items; however are they guilty or buying them?
Let’s take this topic farther, scientists try for years to develop a superintelligence. Artificial Intelligence so efficient and smart that wouldn’t need a human anymore. Most of the significant sources says that we are still far from such an invention, but it stays a concern of many scientist. In an open letter “Research Priorities for Robust and Beneficial Artificial Intelligence” which was signed by such a scientists like Stephen Hawking, Francesca Rossi, or Tom Dietterich we can read:
“Our AI systems must do what we want them to do.”
Already today we can see algorithms that allow machines to learn – in a limited way. What if such a machine would be able to make a crime, something that authors tried to prevent with whole their efforts, but they failed?
Many would say it is similar to have a dog that will bite a stranger, or a kid that will break someones’ window. What if this kid grew up and it’s an adult, which we do not have control on?
Elon Musk warned the audience of MIT “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful.”
What do you think about this thread, is it real?
See also Artificial Intelligence