Some think we should fear artificial intelligence. After a recent road trip, Ron McElfresh is less convinced that A.I. will be as dangerous as predicted.
We kept both Siri and Assistant running and most of the time their responses were similar, but a number of times both went wacky. How so?
Once, on the way to Niagara Falls, on the Canadian side, Siri had us take an exit, an overpass, and then requested we stop the car in a gravel parking lot alongside a two-lane highway and declared, “Arrived.”
I’ve had similar experiences with Google Maps and Waze.
Artificial intelligence, or AI, is crafted by humans, and we humans are notorious for screwing things up despite the best of intentions. Yes, some AI system will cause problems for individuals and perhaps great swathes of humankind, but I suspect that what we expect of AI will be different than what we get.