The development of full Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to make lives easier by understanding human desires or driving people's cars, but if it were uncontrolled, the technology could pose a serious threat to society even it could spell the end of the human race according to British physicist Stephen Hawking.
Shane Legg is co-founder of DeepMind Technologies, an AI startup that was bought for Google in 2014 states: "AI is now where the internet was in 1988. Demand for machine learning skills is quite strong in specialist applications (search companies like Google, hedge funds and bio-informatics) and is growing every year."
"I expect this to become noticeable in the mainstream around the middle of the next decade. I expect a boom in AI around 2020 followed by a decade of rapid progress, possibly after a market correction."
"Human level AI will be passed in the mid 2020’s, though many people won’t accept that this has happened. After this point the risks associated with advanced AI will start to become practically important…I don’t know about a “singularity”, but I do expect things to get really crazy at some point after human level AGI has been created. That is, some time from 2025 to 2040."
Google-owned Boston Dynamics released a video of its humanoid robot Atlas, a tough-as-nails robot who can resist a human's attempt to trip and knock packages from its hands.
And what if you couldn't tell the difference between man and machine?
Since probably many people looking in from the outside might not realize that artificial intelligence will one day outsmart humans, and there is no guarantee that it will be benevolent.
Even there is the possibility that the Internet will become self-aware.
Most people agree the internet is not consciously alive. Currently, the internet accepts inputs and is pretty good at producing outputs, depending on browser, apps, hardware, search engines, coding factors, and, of course, the people using it.
The scary fact, though, is that on a long enough timeline, the many billions of operations on the internet every second will no longer just be following pre-described patterns, but will begin to evolve on their own.
According to MotherboardVice, the question of whether the internet will become self-aware is not if it will happen, but when.
More likely, the internet will become alive because of aliens.
Extraterrestrial intelligence's are likely interested in the internet on Earth, probably because it’s an easy way to monitor and even mass control human beings.
So there’s plausible reason for advanced extraterrestrial intelligence to beam some advanced programming code or virus from a far-off system that would reprogram our internet to do its bidding—one that is super-intelligent, could closely watch us, and could shut us down before we do anything stupid.