Siri co-founder and Apple product designer Tom Gruber envisions a future much like Black Mirror, where artificial intelligence augments human memories so we never forget anything again.
‘Superhuman abilities’ brought about by AI are ‘inevitable,’ Gruber said at TED2017 today, allowing us to remember every name and song ever heard, or everything we’ve ever read.
The expert argues that AI will work with humans – not against, as many have feared – to allow us to overcome our limitations.
‘Superintelligence should give us superhuman abilities,’ Gruber said during the talk, according to the TEDBlog.
This especially could be the case when it comes to memory.
Artificial intelligence could be used to collaborate with and augment humans, who would have the choice of what type of data they can collect, Business Insider reports.
‘I believe AI will make personal memory enhancement a reality,’ Gruber said.
‘I think it’s inevitable.’
Such systems would have to be ultra-secure, though, in order to protect the users’ privacy.
‘We have a choice in how we use this powerful tech,’ Gruber said.
‘We can use it to compete with us or to collaborate with us – to overcome our limitations and help us do what we want to do, only better.
‘Every time a machine gets smarter, we get smarter.
This could also be useful for people who suffer from memory disorders and conditions such as dementia and schizophrenia.
For some, he says, ‘it’s the difference between a life of isolation and one of dignity and connection,’ Business Insider reports.
But, not everyone is so optimistic about the future of artificial intelligence.
Just yesterday, cybersecurity expert penned an article for Newsweek that claimed AI that can hack themselves to improve their capabilities are not only possible at this point, but would be ‘trivial’ to create.
According to John McAfee, AI is a ‘self-conscious entity’ that is inherently self-interested, which could give rise to conflict with the human species.
The cybersecurity expert argues that any system created by humans would be flawed by nature – and, ultimately, the AI’s goal would include the ‘necessary destruction of its creator.’
Despite strides in cybersecurity, the expert says any imaginable logical system can be hacked – and, this becomes more certain as these structures become more complex.
This is because there is no system that exists that does not have a defect, according to McAfee.
‘As a hacker, I know as well as anyone, the impossibility of the human mind creating a flawless system,’ McAfee wrote.
‘The human mind, itself, is flawed. A flawed system can create nothing that is not likewise flawed.
‘The goal of AI – a self-conscious entity – contains within it the necessary destruction of its creator.
‘With self-consciousness comes a necessary self-interest. The self-interest of any AI created by the human mind, will instantly recognize the conflict between that self-interest and the continuation of the human species.’