Following 2023’s significant strides in Artificial Intelligence (AI), 2024 AI threats anticipates unnerving advancements like general artificial intelligence and hyper-realistic deepfakes.
Despite AI’s long history, 2023 marked a turning point with the launch of OpenAI’s ChatGPT, presenting easily accessible practical AI. Yet, AI’s turbulent past and limited track record of failures linger in memory.
While AI innovations promise advancements in medical diagnosis and scientific discovery, there’s a dark side. For instance, an AI model can now detect high-risk lung cancer from X-ray screenings, and during the pandemic, an algorithm diagnosed COVID-19 through cough sounds.
Moreover, AI has ventured into designing quantum physics experiments, surpassing human foresight.
However, not all AI innovations are benign; some pose existential threats, from lethal drones to technology endangering human existence. A report by a Life Science Website highlights three impending AI breakthroughs expected in 2024 AI threats.
1. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)
OpenAI’s system, dubbed Q * (Q-star), hints at a potential leap towards AGI, surpassing human intelligence. While AI often falls short in human-like thinking and genuine creativity, AGI might excel in certain tasks. It could be harnessed to create enhanced pathogens, orchestrate cyberattacks, or manipulate masses, posing a substantial threat.
Despite the concept of AGI previously confined to science fiction, OpenAI’s strides suggest a plausible realization.
2. Deepfake Advancements
AI’s deepfake capability is evolving rapidly, with live video streaming now producing nearly indistinguishable deep fake images from reality. Studies indicate AI content appearing ‘hyper-realistic,’ blurring the line between reality and fiction, making it challenging for human discernment.
This evolution poses serious threats, particularly in influencing elections, with AI potentially impacting the outcome of the upcoming US presidential elections in 2024.
3. Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)
Governments globally integrate AI into military applications. AI-equipped weapons and logistics systems are becoming commonplace, escalating the possibility of deploying killer robots.
Despite warnings from leading scientists, the technology is advancing. Nations like China and the US invest heavily in AI weaponry, marking a concerning trend towards AI-driven warfare.
These trends signal an ominous era in the 2024 AI threats role in global conflicts.
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