Business programme

Intelligence: Artificial vs Natural

17 Jun , 12:00–13:15
Modern Technology for Humanity: Building a Responsible Future

The concept of ‘artificial intelligence’ has taken on somewhat of a misguided connotation. Having originated in the scientific community, it eventually found its way into science fiction literature, and from there into pop culture, where it underwent a number of changes, became cluttered with numerous interpretations, and ultimately has become completely mystified. This is why we often hear such statements from non-specialists as: “AI does not exist” or “AI cannot be created”. This misunderstanding of the essence of research on AI easily leads people to other extremes, such as modern AI systems are believed to have consciousness, free will, and secret motives. In science, AI refers to systems that are designed to solve intellectual problems. In turn, an intellectual task is one that people solve using their own intellect. Our technological power is growing much faster than the ability of human intelligence to control this power. If human intellect with its prejudices, aggression, delusions, and limitations is not replaced by a system capable of making more informed decisions, we may face a global catastrophe. Elon Musk believes that the struggle for leadership in this sphere could lead to a third world war. Bill Gates says that if he were young now, he would give up everything else, and deal exclusively with AI because it is our future. And Vladimir Putin has confidently stated: “Whoever becomes a leader in this sphere will be the ruler of the world”. Does an ‘artificial mind’ really exist? Can humanity expect machines to rise up in the future? Can AI be taught emotions? As it is further developed, will AI reach the point that it can make decisions that people have not inputted into it? In which areas of science is AI significantly changing reality? When and under what conditions will AI reach the human level of intelligence? Is the reformatting of the world fiction or reality?