Some of the main dangers of AI include disinformation (including the creation of convincing fake images and videos known as deepfakes), privacy problems, job losses, prejudice and discrimination, financial and market volatility, and the supposed uniqueness in which AI outperforms human intelligence. We have already spoken briefly about the real and hypothetical risks of AI above. Below, we describe each of them in detail. Real-life risks include consumer privacy, legal issues, AI prejudice, and more.
And hypothetical future problems include things like AI programmed to cause harm or the development of destructive behaviors by AI. There are a myriad of AI-related risks that we face in our lives today. Not all of the risks of AI are as big and worrisome as those of killer robots or intelligent AI. Some of the biggest risks today include aspects such as consumer privacy, biased programming, danger to human beings, and the lack of clarity in legal regulation.
One of the biggest concerns cited by experts has to do with consumer data privacy, security and AI. Americans have the right to privacy, established in 1992 with the ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. However, many companies are already circumventing data privacy violations with their collection and use practices, and experts are concerned that this could increase as we begin to use more AI. Artificial intelligence can cause invasion of privacy, social manipulation, and economic uncertainty.
However, another aspect to consider is how the rapid and everyday use of AI can cause discrimination and socioeconomic difficulties for millions of people. Machine learning technology collects a wealth of data about users, including information that financial institutions and government agencies can use against you. One of the most pressing dangers of AI is technosolutionism, the idea that AI can be considered a panacea when it is nothing more than a tool. Other AI risks include having to deal with a faulty AI navigation system that takes you in the wrong direction and causes you to be late for an appointment or an important event.
Another risk that experts cite when they talk about the risks of AI is the possibility that something using AI will be programmed to do something devastating.