24 Apr From life after death to robot criminals: AI expert reveals his 10 terrifying predictions for how society will change by 2050
Artificial intelligence is already transforming the world around us, but one expert predicts terrifying changes on the horizon over the next 30 years.
Professor Toby Walsh believes machine learning has the power to radically alter life as we know it by the year 2050.
Among the more disturbing prophecies, which could be taken straight from an episode of Black Mirror, is that people will live on as chatbots after they die. The lure of virtual reality and the horrors of reality could also ensnare people into retreating into their deepest and darkest fantasies.
Dr Walsh’s vision for the machine world is outlined in a new book entitled ‘It’s Alive!: Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots’.
In it he portrays a nightmare future where machines control every aspect of our lives, from transport and health to employment and entertainment.
The University of New South Wales professor of artificial intelligence said that by 2050, the year 2000 will look as old-fashioned as the horse drawn era of 1900 did to people in 1950.
‘We will have to learn when to say to computers: ‘Sorry, I can’t let you do that.’ It’s not enough for a machine to do a task better than a human. There are some decisions we simply should not allow machines to make,’ he told ABC.
Dr Walsh imagines machines with vastly superior intelligence taking over jobs and becoming people’s bosses at work.
He believes many tasks, from administration of workplaces like hiring and firing down to performing jobs themselves, will be automated in the future.