Let's start by getting some basics straight. Artificial intelligence (AI) is not becoming sentient, it's not going to take over the world like in science fiction movies, and it's not going to kill all humans. However, AI is dangerous, and we need to understand why. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about it.
Many channels talk about whether ancient cultures knew about AI or if it's going to kill us all, but I believe AI poses a danger. To understand this danger, we need to first understand what it is. Our human brain has a powerful tendency to see patterns even where there are none. This pattern-seeking behavior has led to spirituality, religion, and even superstition. Sometimes these patterns are useful, like predicting weather changes, but other times they are meaningless and just a result of our imaginations.
The reason this is relevant to AI is that our tendency to find patterns in things, both natural and artificial, can lead us to make incorrect assumptions about them. We have seen humans fall in love with the appearance of intelligence, and the Turing test is an example of how machines can be made to pass as human. Machines have even been developed that can have conversations with people that are indistinguishable from conversations with humans.
However, this does not mean that machines are as smart as humans, nor that they are sentient. Our inability to tell the difference between truth and falsehood has already caused problems in global politics, and companies have been hired to change the popular conversation towards topics that benefit a certain political party. If we are unable to tell the difference between what is human and what is not, this problem will be amplified a thousand-fold.
The real danger of AI is not that it will become sentient and take over the world, but that our inability to distinguish between what is real and what is not will lead to problems in society. Our human tendency to process reality has led to religion, superstition, and false assumptions about the universe. AI will only exacerbate this problem.
To move forward, we need more awareness about how the human brain works, and we need to dispel misinformation about AI. We cannot rely on "science" passed on through questionable YouTube channels. Instead, we need to develop a better understanding of how to interact with AI in a way that is safe and beneficial for humanity.