Artificial Intelligence And The Human Race Essay

1664 Words Apr 4th, 2016 7 Pages
Though artificial intelligence is perceived as a potential threat that will eradicate the human race, it can provide many benefits for humans now and in the future. The risks of artificial intelligence are exaggerated. Moreover, to the extent that they exist, they can be controlled. The term artificial intelligence was popularized in the 1950’s by John McCarthy, a computer scientist and one of the fathers of modern day computing technology (Urban). As John McCarthy said, “artificial intelligence can be defined as the attempt to discover and implement the computational means to make machines behave in ways that would be called intelligent if a human were so behaving” (Hauser). Though once considered an idea of scientific fantasy and fiction, artificial intelligence has become a tool of everyday use.
Throughout social media, search engines and online shopping tools, artificial intelligence, through the use of computer algorithms, helps to sift through the vast amounts of information available on the web to predict the results that are most relevant to you. Facebook uses artificial intelligence to suggest friends, Amazon uses artificial intelligence to aid with your shopping experience, and Google uses artificial intelligence to sort web search results (Urban). And these uses are just common examples found through everyday web activity today. Even more advanced uses exist to assist business with management decisions, stock trading, and the medical profession with diagnosis…

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