As technology advances to the point where machines have almost human-like capabilities, humanity is left to ponder the consequences involved with either advancing or holding back the field of computer sentience. Here are the pros and cons of artificial intelligence:

PRO

  • Wouldn’t be as embarrassed of human race’s progress when aliens make contact
  • Can be employed to perform dangerous tasks like informing blue-collar workers they are being replaced by machines
  • Ponderous editorials on the ethical dangers of AI composed in .000003 nanoseconds
  • Freed from the necessities of daily jobs, Americans can finally get working on their novellas
  • Someone, somewhere, will definitely profit from it
  • Emotionless workforce would save companies thousands on costly team-building exercises
  • Kind of a given at this point

CON

  • Hyper-efficient machines would allow corporations to devalue human employees for the sake of profits
  • Working as an accountant all that Dave has
  • Upsets humanity’s law of natural selection under which those born into privilege have first crack at running everything
  • Electricity bill too damn high as it is
  • Infinitely powerful cognition stands to make them pretty condescending
  • Risks thousands of stable ethicist jobs
  • Every film, book, and TV show that’s ever been made on the subject

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