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AI attacks on the rise

Artificial intelligence is often considered new technology, but the idea has been around since the 1950s. Premature AI systems were used to perform tasks such as playing chess and solving math problems.
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Artificial intelligence is often considered new technology, but the idea has been around since the 1950s. Premature AI systems were used to perform tasks such as playing chess and solving math problems.

As the years go on technology continues to grow and grow. Yet, every few months they still seem to surprise us. Up until more recently with AI it’s been giving us a scare.

AI Definitions

Theory of mindFuture AI systems must learn to comprehend the fact that everyone has ideas and feelings, including AI objects and human beings. To be able to interact with us, future AI systems will need to be able to adapt their behavior. 

Limited memory– AI builds experiential knowledge by monitoring behaviors or data, learning from the past. To create predictions and carry out challenging categorization tasks, this kind of AI combines pre-programmed information with historical, observational data.

Self aware AI– When machines reach this stage, they will not only be aware of their own emotions and mental states, but also those of others. When self-aware AI is developed, it will be on par with human intelligence, have human-level consciousness, and experience the same needs, desires, and emotions.

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What is AI?

As reported by McKinsey & Company  the ability of a machine to carry out cognitive tasks that we connect with human minds, including sensing, thinking, learning, interacting with the environment, solving problems, and even exercising creativity, is known as artificial intelligence (AI). Although it doesn’t sound harmful here’s why it is. In accord with Tableau and Fox News There are AI hazards in real life.

We currently deal with a wide range of concerns related to AI in our daily lives. A killer robot or sentient AI are not the type of risks we have to worry about. Today’s greatest hazards include those related to customer privacy, biased programming, human safety, and ambiguous legal regulations. Tasks that were previously solely capable of being completed by humans, such essay writing, event planning, and learning a new language, can now be automated by AI. However, scientists are concerned that the age of unchecked AI systems may bring forth political bias, false information, and potential risks to cyber security.

Accidents that caused concerns

According to the The Motley Fool, by 2025 the projection for Artificial Intelligence is it becoming a $60 billion industry. Give that Travis Kalanick, the founder of Uber, was fired from his role as CEO in June 2017. The company is now encountering greater resistance from cities all over the world. The present storyline of Uber reads a lot like an account of horror. Just as recently as 2016 Uber had an artificial intelligence blow. Last year they were experimenting their self-driving cars in California.

But just as recently as 2016, Uber supposedly experienced a terrifying case of Artificial intelligence gone haywire. A group of the company’s self driving cars  seemingly failed to identify six red lights and went through at least one of them in a San Diego intersection where there were pedestrians while the business was testing its self-driving cars in California, powered by onboard AI processors. Uber claims the incident was the result of mistakes made by humans. However reports from the New York Times and internal Uber documents seen by Times reveal that the vehicle’s mapping software failed to recognize the traffic lights. This is a frightening oversight as self-driving cars are set to alter the transportation industry.

Scare and scam

AI has many different forms such as, chatbots, Theory of mind, and deep learning.  Now we beg to ask when is it too much? There has been many reports from families specifically saying they received calls from unknown numbers. When they pick up the phone it’s their children saying they’re in trouble pleading for help until someone else takes the phone and proceeds to demand ransom money. As they’re preparing to send thousands of dollars their children will casually be in another part of them home. People are using AI to scare and scam. Anyone can easily replicate your voice with just a short clip of you talking from the internet. AI makes it effortless for malicious actors to imitate voices more easily and inexpensively, often persuading the elderly that those they cherish are in danger.

It’s very hard to educate people on “virtual kidnapping” because of how easy it is. When you’re told a loved one is in danger you’re most likely not going to ask questions. Although, English teacher Melissa Abrams says she would ask personal questions such as “what constellation of birthmarks is on her back?” She also included that she would check her daughters location to see the truth through the phone call. Children might feel that their parents having their location is an invasion of privacy but in times like today with terrifying technology maybe it’s the better route.

Recommendations for the future

Now that we know all this exist we have to accept that this is the wave of our future. So what can we do to educate not just ourselves but other as well? Senior citizens fall victim by scams and or hacking too easily. There’s many activities for elders in local communities but maybe there should be training for cyber misfortunes. This can be a 30 minute meeting at your nearby library or town hall. It would run through the the troubles that everyone can go through on the internet or social media. This can also be for teens. At the end of the day everyone should be coached through all too common mishaps that go on with the little rectangle we keep in our pockets.

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Sofia Sokolow
Sofia Sokolow, Reporter
Sofia Sokolow is a Junior at Colonia High School. She is currently a cheerleader and has been cheering for 13 years. Sokolow enjoys going to the beach and listening to music. She is enjoys social outings and making new friends. She is outgoing and very personable, Sokolow finds it fun to talk to new people. Upon completion of high school, Sokolow would like to go to John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, New York . She is interested in pursuing a career as an Analyst or Profiler for the FBI. Either with her future job or on vacation, Sokolow hopes to travel outside of the country to Italy and Tokyo someday.

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