What if Artificial Intelligent Software Takes Over Our Air Traffic Control System?
Be careful what you humans wish for!
Designing the world’s most perfect system for air traffic control makes sense, and it will keep humans safe. But what if the Artificial Intelligent system created starts redesigning itself to 100% perfection and then takes over? Yes, the Sci Fi thriller awaits you say, and you admit you’d like to see that movie too, but what if it isn’t a movie? What if it becomes our future reality?
Well then I guess we will be chastising the AI software designers from here to eternity in that case. Not long ago, I was discussing this topic with Troy Laclaire, a think tank type. I explained to him that most of the near collisions have been pilot error, or air traffic controller mistakes, and even recently an air traffic controller actually fell asleep with aircraft on long final, actual airliners with people in them.
We’ve had Ferry Operators fall asleep and crash into the dock, MetroRail conductors text messaging and get into head-on collisions, and air traffic controllers nodding off and not responding. Human Beings are the problem, they are the ones which make the mistakes, so I suggest we replace them with AI. Troy, on the other hand loves all the little humans and doesn’t want to see folks unemployed, and somewhat is skeptical of our AI future. He states;
“However, on the flip side, I am not yet ready to give up full control to automated systems, and prefer to have someone ready to stand by.” But I challenged his love for humanity and asked; Why? Why not get rid of the weak links and human error altogether? Troy says; “All well and good, until you have an AI system that decides to go terminator on us.” But I believe we can maintain Situational Awareness and Pre-Emption the machines if we must in the future, referring to pre-empting run-away AI if need be. AI is challenged by randomness – giving at least a bit of edge to humans – ie. element of surprise.
Troy goes one-step further, and states that; randomness as well as some kind of built in inhibitor system to keep the AI from learning beyond a certain point might be necessary. So, my question for all of you out there is do we allow human error to continue to kill people randomly, due to stupid lapses in judgment or do we develop AI to run our transportation infrastructure? Please consider all this and think on it.
Lance Winslow is the Founder of the Online Think Tank, a diverse group of achievers, experts, innovators, entrepreneurs, thinkers, futurists, academics, dreamers, leaders, and general all around brilliant minds. Lance Winslow hopes you’ve enjoyed today’s discussion and topic.