From the beginning of robotics there has always been a fear of the machines transforming our lives and for the worse. This has been the staple of science fiction movies for decades and still resides nowadays. From the first prospect of widespread human and artificial intelligence interaction , Isaac Asimov came with his 3 famous laws :

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. Robots must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

We have never seen the ability to interact with AI as something that might benefit us in the long run , for example let’s look at an experiment that has taken place on a lab at Yale. Each group consisted of three people and a little blue-and-white robot sitting around a square table, working on tablets. The robot is programmed to make occasional errors and to acknowledge them. “Sorry, guys, I made the mistake this round,” it declared perkily. “I know it may be hard to believe, but robots make mistakes too.”

The other room’s robot was the same but only programmed to be ‘perfect’ but dull in speech and phrases. As it turned out later the clumsy, confessional robot helped the group perform better by improving communication among the humans. they became more conversational and generally socialized with each other a lot more. Compared with the control group the group with the talkative robot were able to collaborate better.

Could AI help us ?

This opens opportunities that are never imagined and seen before. Like could AI make human being better at social life and also other aspects? Could we figure out the perfect diet and manage to increase our livelihood by at least 30 years ? Do we want machines to affect whether and how children are kind? Do we want machines to affect how adults have sex?

Already, we are encountering real-world examples of how AI can corrupt human relations outside the laboratory. A study examining 5.7 million Twitter users in the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election found that trolling and malicious Russian accounts. Including ones operated by bots — were regularly retweeted in a similar manner to other, unmalicious accounts, influencing conservative users particularly strongly.

We would be reckless to unleash new forms of AI without first taking such social spillovers into account. But we could also see the opposite of that happening. Alternatively, experience may reveal that driving alongside autonomous vehicles traveling in perfect accordance with traffic laws actually improves human performance.

We must apply the same effort and ingenuity that we apply to the hardware and software that make self-driving cars possible to managing AI’s potential ripple effects on those outside the car. After all, we mandate brake lights on the back of your car not just for your benefit, but for the sake of the people behind you.

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