The Real Threat Posed by Powerful Computers

Description: Elon Musk called artificial intelligence “our greatest existential threat,” and equated making machines that think with “summoning the demon.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com

Date: July 11, 2015

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But if the human race is at peril from killer robots, the problem is probably not artificial intelligence. It is more likely to be artificial stupidity. The difference between those two ideas says much about how we think about computers.

In the kind of artificial intelligence, or A.I., that most people seem to worry about, computers decide people are a bad idea, so they kill them. That is undeniably bad for the human race, but it is a potentially smart move by the computers.    Read Rest of Story

Questions for discussion:

1.Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not??

2. What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?

3.  If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I.  would it give your firm a competitive advantage?  Explain why or why not?

 

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103 thoughts on “The Real Threat Posed by Powerful Computers

  1. Sabrina

    1.Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not??
    Ethical standards should be put in place however a computer only seems to follow a certain set of commands and based on the article can master simple video games based on a series of pathways it took. Computer’s are called thinktanks but will they be able to think like a human? The possibility of this makes people scared and for that reason ethical standards should be in place.

    2. What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?
    The benefits of using A.I. is products can be made cheaper than when hiring a human because A.I. is made out of parts and doesn’t need to take breaks or be feed. They can also work longer than humans and make less mistakes therefore creating a better product. Another benefit to A.I. is that they require less humans to do a job and you can use a few humans to monitor the A.I.’s job.

    3. If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I. would it give your firm a competitive advantage? Explain why or why not?
    Using A.I. could give the company a competitive advantage because they would be saving on costs that would be used to hire humans. However based on the article a computer program will overdo a single task because they do not understand the context. The program needs to tell them when to stop. However computers can only spot patterns and suggest actions and make predictions. They cannot think through the situation and reason to make a logical choice.

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  2. Tyler Mitchell

    Being a field that is largely uncovered and people unaware of the associated risks, I think there should be ethical standard put in place before we develop A.I any further, proper ethical standards should consider the following IMO:1) the Economy, including the workforce this would effect if they were replaced by a “robot”. 2) Safety of people working around the technology, safety specialists who are experts in tech safety, precautions and government testing before implementation of A.I and 3) Environment; as the environment is already suffering because of over production of raw materials/resources into product, just imagine what kind of effect that an even more efficient computerized assembly line would have on the ever-growing pollution and over production of plastics and other non-biodegradable products we have going on in the world.
    Excellent for companies because they will lead to Greater efficiency and manufacturing could be run even more seamlessly than it already is. One of the highest costs of any organizations are personnel, this could potentially eliminate a huge chunk of that cost. (However, I’m totally against the idea of a robot taking my future job!!).
    It would most definitely give my firm a competitive advantage; using an overall cost saving strategy I could capitalize in a big way, especially if my company gained and implemented this technology before the rest followed suite. Take logistics for example, using artificial intelligence in-house to get my products to a location such as Wal-Mart, no longer having to pay a company like UPS, Fed-EX or etc. to move my product would dramatically decrease cost to make and distribute product. I can now produce my product at lower cost and compete in that way.

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  3. Evelyn.Jia

    I think there should be ethical standards put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. Everything need to have it own standard, thus, the world can be orderly. We don’t know what kinds of problems will happen, and we also don’t know what A.T will be like in the future. So it is necessary to have a standard to control the mess.
    Using AI can be a good way for the company. It can make the company more efficiently. Instead of humans, computer is more accurate and can do many things that humans can not. Computers are more flexible and have many kinds of skills. It helps the work a lot. And using computer can reduce the manpower so it can reduce the cost of my company. That can make my company have more advantages and my company can have more competitive power.
    If my company decided on a tactic of using A.I. it actually gives my firm a competitive advantage. As I can reduce the labor cost, my company will have more money for the other cost. So it may be better for the development of the company. And my firm can have more choices in the future.

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  4. Mark Hoshowsky

    Yes I believe there should be ethical standards outlines and enforced before we allow industry to further develop A.I.. This would give companies a clearer outline and guideline to follow. It also eliminates some of the negative uncertainty associated with A.I. development. If a company where to create an A.I. that committed a crime or did something tragic, The Company that created it should definitely he held accountable for its actions. Companies could definitely benefit form employing/ deploying an A.I.. There would be no need for union mandatory breaks, and health benefits. Also employers wouldn’t have to pay for times that they are away from work such as sick or vacation time. Not having to pay for year after year employee wages would be hugely advantageous, as that can be one of the major expenses of a company. There are some human aspects that would still be needed though. It would be tough to replace things such as good salesmanship. Companies would definitely gain a competitive advantage. As mentioned above, with lowered expenses, companies could offer their product at a reduced price compared to their competitors. A.I.s would also eliminate, or close to eliminate the aspect of human error. This would give the company a superior product compared to competitors. In conclusion I think A.I.s would be hugely beneficial to companies, but I believe there should definitely be regulations to hold them accountable.

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  5. Aaron Krein

    1. I believe that there should be ethical standards put in place. Artificial Intelligence is a field that is largely uncovered. Even those who are developing A.I. don’t really know the risks that could be involved simply because it hasn’t been done. Like the article said it is very unlikely that these robots will develop a consciousness that causes them to take violent action against humans, but machines do make mistakes and having A.I. involved with the military can be a scary thought. Putting in regulations that restrict even what type of companies that A.I. can be involved in would be a good start.
    2. There could be many positives from using artificial intelligence from a companies perspective. They could replace an abundance of workers for a single robot. I would imagine that robots wouldn’t have the need for a break and could work for well over eight hours per day. They may have a larger startup cost but in the long run the company would save a lot. They would also eliminate the possibility of human error.
    3. In the short run it would. You would be able to create products faster than your competitors. Also with all the money you would save on labour cost you could put more money into improving your product or even be able to offer your product for cheaper than before. In the long run you wouldn’t have much of a competitive advantage as more and more companies would be implementing A.I. tactics.

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  6. Maryam Okeowo

    Ethical criterions should be imposed to a certain degree. Mostly to assure people who have been subjected to the Hollywood caricatures of artificial intelligence.
    Furthermore, there should be some form of requirements to preclude machines from replacing humans entirely in the workplace. It might increase productivity for organizations but in the long run it might theoretically cripple the economy, as individuals from experts to low level employees would be out of job. Also some people prefer human interaction to computers.
    Artificial intelligence can provide good returns on investments even though they are highly capital intensive and require regular maintenance or modifications. This machinery is more resourceful than humans thus increasing profits.

    In order to have a comparative advantage over contenders, the business has to have certain characteristics that empower them to have a contending factor in the industry against adversaries. This dictates that the business needs to possess innovative technology other businesses don’t have. So, therefore to have a competitive advantage, its technology must keep progressing by elevating to the latest technology before its competitors, to stay ahead of the game.

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  7. david.p

    1. Yes, There should be ethical standards implemented on how much artificial intelligence we can implement. If we keep progressing as we are now. Nobody will have a job. We will constantly be relying on technology to do everything. We will not be able to take care of ourselves. It would be a world run by robots. There should also be an ethical standard on how much artificial intelligence a robot can have. We have all seen the movies. Terminator genysis? in my opinion if we create robots with the ability to think for themselves, they will take over the world.
    2. I only see benefits to the company. If I owned a business I would prefer to use technologies with artificial intelligence. It would reduce my labour cost a bunch! Computers are more likely to make fewer mistakes, increasing our ability to be more reliable, they have a better recall memory, and you can always update them.
    3Yes and no. with technology we are able to produce more efficiently. Unlike humans computers do not require as much rest as we do. They are programmed to do the job a certain way and are less likely to make mistakes. Computers also do not require training. The disadvantage to using artificial intelligence is that they are not able to think outside the box, and if they malfunction it could be very costly to repair.

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  8. Jaylen Korver

    I think that there should be ethical standards put in place before we develop A.I. any further. The people in the article say that A.I. will never really happen to the degree we see in Hollywood, but you never know. Technology changes so fast these days, it may not be long before we see a robot that can perform in more than 1 field and could one day look to take over the world.

    A.I. in the long run would probably be cheaper than humans. It would most likely cause fewer mistakes, and the job would be done the exact same every time. It would still require a human to watch over it, to make sure there’s no bugs in the system, or anything else that would go wrong. A lot of industries have even started to switch over to robots and A.I, like manufacturing, or even fast food restaurants.

    There’s pros and cons to using A.I. in my company. With A.I., I’d have the comfort of knowing that the job was done the way I wanted every time; there’s no human error. But it would still lack the human feel that people like. It loses its personal touch. A robot has no emotions, and can’t sympathize. (At least not at the moment.) So overall, the job might be done better, but I think other firms would still attract more business.

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  9. Kathryn

    There are many benefits to using Artificial Intelligence (AI), we know this because if there were not benefits then society and corporations would have left AI to the wayside and moved on. The benefits of using Artificial Intelligence consist of decreased human work force, reduced training hours for existing employees, increased profitability and increased production abilities. All of these benefits of using AI suggest that the capital and profits of a corporation would increase substantially if AI was used correctly.
    If my company decided to incorporate Artificial Intelligence into the workplace I do not think that it would provide much of an advantage. The reason behind my thoughts is that my business is a small cake decorating business, and therefore nowhere near the size of a business that could benefit from AI. That being said, if I decided to rapidly expand my business and wanted to distribute my pastries to larger centres, I would consider using AI in the place of mixers and ovens. This approach would give my business a competitive advantage because it would allow me to mass produce my product and expand the marketplace. This expansion would not be at the sake of human employees though, as baking is an art form that requires human involvement to create many items.

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  10. Dustin Jarrow

    Yes there should be ethical standards put in place for A.I. We do not know the capability of robots or A.I. as technology advances as years go on. With that being said I think it is important to have standards, rules and regulations put in place for such development of A.I. This type of technology could fall into the wrong hands. Also the military using A.I. is a scary thought because of the errors in machines.
    There is definitely some benefits for companies if they us A.I. Artificial intelligence can reduce costs greatly. There is no need to pay a reoccurring salary. If robots take over human work than employers only have to pay the capital needed to make the robots, and any maintenance and upgrades. Also A.I. could speed up the rate of work in a company. Humans can tend to slack off and be lazy, there is usually at least some one in the job site that does not get as much done or slacks off. With robots they are programmed to work, there is no slacking off unless there is a malfunction or something. Also as technology becomes more advanced, who knows the possible benefits A.I. could give to a company.

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  11. David Lanz

    Ethical standards should be in place regardless of what we are doing as humans we are foul-able and for that reason alone we need to be accountable to someone else. It is Hollywood that is teaching us that computer reasoning A.I is a bad idea. There have been countless movies other than the terminator series mentioned in the article but also: I robot, Stealth, eagle eye, resident evil. All these movies have one thing in common, the computer came to power and took over and again we need to watch the movies to the end to realize we were still in control of it all. There are many benefits to using A I technology but we do have to be careful as computers are only as good as the user and so it is for the A I as they will only be as good as the person making them. If we allow evil people to control our technology of course it is going to be evil but we can also use it for good. They can make surgery easier and safer, or allow number crunching without errors faster than ever before, but we first have to stop letting Hollywood tell us what we should believe. You can believe sky net is taking over or you can believe that Sonny is here to help you.

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  12. Sean Roberts

    Ethical standards should definitely be put in place before A.I is taken any further. Anything that has the potential for some sort of unpredictable outcomes has to have a heavy watch over it. Just like the artlie leader talks about that kind of intelligence can go to two extremes with each being very problematic for us as humans. It can either go like the classic terminator movies where the machines realize they don’t need us and decide to wipe out the human race and proceed themselves. Although the experts seem to be more worried about these A.I’s getting too specialized in narrow fields becoming uncontrollable. With how far our world is coming in the production of goods and services trading across the globe, without certain regulations companies could overlook these potentially disastrous consequences. With how beneficial these A.I systems can be, we definitely need to make sure people don’t take advantage and ultimately end up taking it too far

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  13. kennydavey

    1.Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not??
    I don’t think there should be an standards put into place quite yet simply becuase there is still quite a bit of progress that needs to be done before we can use AI in our everyday lives. If there were standards that were placed on it now it might slow down the progress that is being made when it comes to AI technology. Putting standards and regulations on AI technology could hinder the development of AI.

    2. What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?
    Companies could benefit from AI technology when it comes to making different products. AI could eliminate the need for workers which would be a low cost way for companies to save money in the long run.

    3. If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I. would it give your firm a competitive advantage? Explain why or why not?
    It would give a firm a competitive advantage because that company would be saving money by not employing humans. Having less overhead costs would save money and thus the company could make more money from their products rather than having to use their capital to pay their labour force.

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  14. Esther S

    1. I think ethical standards should be put in place. Without these standards, developers and designers would have the ability to do as they wish, which is usually dangerous. When there is no limit to these machines, there is no limit to what they can and cannot do. When unlimited power is given to the machines, it could be misused. This reason amongst many other reasons.

    2. It would save tremendous costs, increase efficiency and productivity which will in turn yield great profits.

    3. It depends. If my company was the only one using A.I., it would definitely give my firm a competitive advantage However, because no firm wants to lag in this technological miracle, A.I would be used in almost every firm. When this happens, competitive advantage would be null as every firm now has this. In order for my firm to have competitive advantage when this happens, it would have to look for something that surpasses A.I, a new technology that would not be easily accessible to other firms.

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  15. Holly Campbell

    of course artificial intelligence should be regulated and meet certain standards before any industry develops any further because there should be preventative measures and where a human being have control of the majority of the major tasks of AI. Yes A.I. assists many companies and business with production, efficiency and lower costs however with any product or should I say majority of the project there will always be some sort of deficiency and there will more than likely be new programmed A.I. or addition to the A.I their will always be an upgrade reauired for AI. But I do agree that it is a benefit for any organization as I had just explained in majority of the companies and organizations AI can be used to lower costs, production and efficiency.

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  16. Ashley-Raye Miles

    Yes, I definitely believe ethical standards should be put into place regarding A.I. Will this benefit the good of society? Will this cause harm to anyone? What protocols and procedures can we put into place to ensure that nothing goes unplanned? These are all very important questions but the difficult part is answering them because there will always be some grey area.
    Having A.I. as a company would be very beneficial. It would be beneficial because everything would be standardized – there would be less margin of error. Everything could be programmed right down to the finest detail and nothing would be differentiated because people are not involved – not to mention the introverts of the world would be in their glory! No wages would have to be given, no vacation pay, no sick days and no human resource department.
    Companies would definitely have a competitive advantage using A.I. for many reasons. The companies could run operations 24/7 365 days a year. Like stated above, no vacation pay, sick days, HR department, etc. The cost of doing business would definitely be lower and the company would also run more efficiently, making costs less for the consumers. Other companies could not compete with these lower prices.

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  17. Collin Toews

    At first glance, this story makes you think of Will Smith’s I Robot movie in which robots have been trained to protect and serve humanity. However, the deeper, underlying cause and effect of relying on A.I. could prove to be disastrous. If we look at what Edward Snowden revealed when he leaked information to the NSA, it provided the public with a small fraction of the data that the government has access to. If we allowed this data to be automated, the infringements upon our privacy may be astronomical. Facebook and google already track our movements and our internet lives, and other companies buy and sell packages of information that contain personalized information. If artificial intelligence has the potential to be invasive, we as a society need to understand the costs and benefits and make an intelligent choice on how to best use artificial intelligence, while still being able to live our day to day lives.

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  18. Shawna K.

    I believe that there should be an ethical code put into place before further advancement, or accomplishment of AI is achieved. In the 1940’s the author of I, Robot came up with the Three Laws of Robotics, or Asimov’s Law. The most important rule, that supersedes the others, is that a robot cannot cause harm to a human. As a six year old, I remember being concerned about military use of AI, and while it is the person giving instructions to the robot, making it a tool to kill with rather than a killer itself, an ethical code would prevent the misuse of AI/ Robotics.
    I know the article isn’t really focusing on it from that aspect, but it still terrifies me. My concern is not that robots will become aware and want to kill humans, but that humans could misuse the machines.

    AI would be beneficial for a company, as the machine could work non stop, and create a consistent product, where a human completing the same task is only able to perform for a certain period of time. Robotics have already proven to be a benefit throughout various manufacturing process.

    Assuming that most other companies were not also using AI, a company could have a competitive advantage to use AI, as they would have lower costs to complete tasks within the business.

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  19. Alissa Berger

    I there should be ethical standards put into place before any company develops Artificial Intelligence any further. This will regulate how much knowledge an AI can have. Since one employee in Germany was already killed by an assembly line robot, we should ensure that it never happens again.

    Companies can produce products more effectively and efficiently. It will cost a fortune to have the technology at the start, but in the long run, it will help the company save money.

    At this point in time, considering my fictional organization has advanced artificial intelligence in the workplace, we would definitely have a competitive advantage. We would be providing our products effectively, and efficiently while maintaining high quality standards. We would also be bringing in more money than the competitors.

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  20. Brooke Reynolds

    1. Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or why not?

    I believe that there should be ethical standards put into place before the industry gets to far ahead with the development of this because a person has already gotten hurt over a robot and that is something that cannot happen again. The robot didn’t recognize the human and believed that it was a piece of metal, and this is the exact reason why there needs to be ethical standards put into place. Implementing ethical standards will limit the functions and purposes that this machine in created for and so that no accidents happen again. These standards will help regulate how much knowledge and power the robots will have and know. It would be a good idea to have protocols and safety laws so that there is still control of this machine, just in case something happens and it changes it’s duties. Also the idea of trial and error will allow for the workers to create the safest and knowledgeable robot. Safety of everyone and the people working with these robots needs to be the highest priority in this work force.

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  21. Brittany Doell

    I believe that ethical standards are and should be a very large part in any industry. It is a way for a company to decide what is right and wrong. A.I. Should put into place some sort of ethical standards in order to grow and become successful. Although, I do not think it needs to be their main focus at this time as they are still growing with their research and development.

    Their is a lot of benefits that can come out of this idea. You would benefit from not having to worry about giving people wages, workers quitting, workers personal lives getting involved, and conflicts between workers. A.I. robots would be able to do the same jobs as humans but at a more efficient rate. Start up costs may initially be more, but company’s would save money in the long run.

    Yes I do believe that it would give a firm a competitive advantage. Their would be so many costs that are saved that the company could put into different areas of the company. The company’s productivity would be a lot more sustainable. Their would be a lot less room for error and distractions in the day to day business.

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  22. Brayden Miller

    Yes there should be ethical standards put in place. The people that are making these machines with artificial intelligence should be responsible for them. As with other products people have created there should be limitations implemented to protect people. That being said it is very difficult to decide where that fine line should fall. As research and development are great for business and society it is difficult to put a cap on it. The ethical standards should really be put in place on a case by case basis.

    Artificial intelligence can provide very good returns and benefits from a company view point. If you can design machines that are able to do some simpler, time consuming tasks normally done by humans, that will eliminate the cost normally incurred to pay for that production. You see alot of these types of machines in manufacturing plants where systems and programmed machines are able to produce an end result similar to, and many times superior to what a human could create. It helps with cost effectiveness as well as quality and time.

    It would give a competitive advantage to an extent. Many businesses already are using this type of technology so it may not help as much. Although if you implemented an improved artificial intelligence it would definitely give you an advantage. Improving these machines in areas of speed, quality, environmentally friendly , etc. would provide you with a huge step up on competitors. This would not be ideal for workers as machines can easily make certain jobs obsolete, but from a management perspective it would be beneficial to the company.

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  23. Daan Smit

    1.Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industries to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not??
    Yes, there definitely should be. We have evidence of the government being behind on regulations about the technical advancements. Look at Kickstarter, I love it, but there definitely are some legal issues that the government is behind on to regulate. We have to regulate the A.I. even more than any other technological advancements because I don’t want to imagine want kind of damage an A.I. can do when it is programmed wrong, or even more scary, by the wrong person.

    2. What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?
    For a company, it can be extremely beneficial. for example, labour costs are one of the highest costs in general for a business, and with A.I., companies might be able to eliminate some labour to reduce this cost.

    3. If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I. would it give your firm a competitive advantage? Explain why or why not?
    In general technological advancements in the business sector, is to make day-to-day business practices more efficient. I believe this will be the case with an A.I. as well. The companies being more efficient than his or her competitors will almost always have an advantage.

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  24. Mark Lermer-Lanier

    Should ethical standards be put in place before we develop A.I.?
    – A tough question to deal with but yes we should. By using extreme opposite ends of the spectrum to deal the the ethical standards we can come to a understanding as in why we should. in the article with the paper clip making A.I. problem this is a simple with not a lot of moral problems behind a A.I. being super productive at making paper clips, even though it could decimate the paper clip economy. The other end of the spectrum would be the similar A.I. being super productive but at stealing peoples private information and embezzling millions of dollars. Now with the future having untold possibilities and having companies dedicated to managing this future problem we are well on are way to managing this problem. Maybe by making a A.I. for stopping evil made A.I’s. (Tv show worthy)?

    What benefits can a company using A.I.
    – Companies using A.I. is a definite possibility for the future, from dwarfing are current MIS and being super productive at playing the stock market. There are endless possibilities and up sides to having A.I. implemented in everyday company productivity. A possible major downside could be the destruction of many jobs that one A.I. can do in a few hours and drastically up the jobless rate which is already high. Although this is a downside I believe that the benefits out weigh the cons. Unless of course a robot company develops an A.I. that trys to take over with an army of robots and Will smith has to come save us.
    If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I. would it give your firm a competitive advantage? Explain why or why not?
    – Depending on the tactic the A.I. and the availability of the A.I. to other companies it might or might not. For the reason that if every company could use an A.I. it wouldn’t make a competitive advantage. Although if a company was to come up with a completely new method of programing that A.I. and blindside the competition it could be a short term competitive Advantage.

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  25. Amie Machacek

    Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or why not?
    Yes, ethical standards should be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further. This is a precaution, and it’s very import to think about how this industry will change and safety should be one of the top priorities. Allowing the industry to develop A.I. further will allow many more companies to become even more profitable and be able to produce goods faster.

    What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?
    We have already seen some of the advantages that A.I. can bring to a company, for example the assembly line. If we continue to develop A.I. we could see a major change in this industry. They could be used during a night shift to complete work, while works are not at the jobsite. A.I. could also benefit companies through using technology to make sure that production is running smoothly and let the management know when the market changes and what those consumers are now looking for. There is really no saying where it will stop.

    If your company decides on a tactic of using A.I. would it give your firm a competitive advantage? Explain why or why not?
    Yes, it could give my firm a competitive advantage, as long as we were one of the only firms using this technology. If we were using A.I. it would insure that we would be turning out produce as fast as we could as well as the best quality possible. If all firms had the same access to these resources, we would have less of an advantage.

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  26. Lindsey Hughson

    Industry should always follow a certain set of principles; however, ethical standards can have limitations. It is important to ensure that ultimately decisions are being made with society’s best interests in mind. Yet, defining what is best for society can be quite difficult. Beyond definition, there is the problem of deciding who the arbitrator of these standards is. After reading the article, it is clear that there is widespread misunderstanding of the A.I. industry. Because of this confusion, it would be difficult for people working outside of the field of artificial intelligence to properly police the industry. Given these as well as other factors, it is hard to say if there would be an effective way of setting up ethical standards. Lastly, barring serious outliers, those working in the A.I. industry are reasonable people that are not intentionally trying to cause harm. So, should ethical standards be put in place? I am not sure. We want what is best for society, but that is not always easy to do, and often our best intentions to prevent harm fall short.

    The benefit of A.I. is competitive advantage; though, competitive advantage is not guaranteed with the use of A.I. This is quite obvious. Users will need to find ways to use A.I. that places them ahead of competitors. Yet, increasingly A.I. will become more prevalent which leads to a strategy that is no longer unique. In order for A.I. to provide a competitive advantage, it would need to offer something to the user that is unique and useful. Once offered, it would not be too difficult for a competitor to replicate that same service with their own A.I. Ultimately, this will lead to A.I. being a strategy that will only give a company a competitive advantage for a short time before being replicated by a competitor.

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  27. Grace DeVries

    Artificial intelligence should require some sort of conditions before entering any workplace. Knowing now that malfunctions can occur we need to do our due diligence to ensure safety. We rely on technology greatly, when working with technology we should be trained on how to properly use these technologies. Companies often invest in new equipment, but forget to continually invest in the knowledge of their workforces. Imagine how productive we would become, once we are proficient in our technologies capability. Technology can increase productivity and does not require the maintenance of a full time employee. However the article has warned us of the dangers of technology, the threat of it replacing us, or even hurting us. As always there are benefits and negatives to every choice. I believe given the opportunity I would use the competitive edge that A.I. provides. It would remain a competitive edge as long as we are constantly improving otherwise companies will follow suit and then we lose that competitive edge.

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  28. Alicia Turner

    In order to develop the industry, there needs to be some ethical standards set regarding artificial intelligence. While it could greatly benefit society today, there are many ethical dilemmas that could arise should we have no standards set in place. Through Hollywood film production, the idea of artificial intelligence has been illustrated to be rather terrifying. Therefore, simply for the sake of keeping peace among citizens, as well as a way to show further action was taken for the family of the deceased man, the development of ethical standards would be necessary. While I do not see us developing this form of technology any time soon, it would be good to start discussing the degree to which we will let artificial intelligence take over the industry.

    Artificial intelligence is a way to get the job done efficiently and effectively while meeting quality standards. This can be very promising for many organizations. There are less staff needed, which, in turn, reduces labor costs, thus leading to increased profit. Another benefit of artificial intelligence is fact that it can be a long-term sustainable development.

    At this point right now, considering my theoretical organization has implemented advanced artificial intelligence, we would definitely have a competitive advantage. We would be providing our products effectively, and efficiently while maintaining high quality standards. And to top it all off, we would be bringing in more money than the competitors. I wouldn’t have to pay as many wages, nor would I have to pay pensions or benefits and therefore, I would be bringing in additional profit.

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  29. Allison Marsh

    1.Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not??

    I think ethical standards should be put in place before an industry can develop A.I. any further. This is not to say that people should be concerned with A.I. taking over the world, as the article stated, but that their needs to be guidelines set into place to protect employees from any potential harm. As well I feel there should be some ethical standards put into place on the degree to which machines can replace the work of employees. Information from people as opposed to a computer is more valuable to an organization, thus why should computers, machines or any type of A.I. replace them?

    2. What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?

    A.I. can benefit companies in many ways. One of which can be to produce product more efficiently. As consumers we want product on a timely basis, thus if we receive it faster, we will consume more, leading to an organization having an increase in profits.

    3. If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I. would it give your firm a competitive advantage? Explain why or why not?

    If my company decided to use A.I. it would definitely give them an advantage to some degree. This would be seen by investors and consumers as a technological step making the firm seem more futuristic compared to other companies. As well as stated before, if it makes the company more efficient and done cheaper, it will make consumers happy as well as our firm based on the potential increase in profits. However, it can also be frowned upon if technology begins to replace employees or reduce their wages and hours. There needs to be a realistic ratio between human intelligence and artificial intelligence, favoring human intelligence because that is what will get the organization further in the long run.

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  30. Gray.yu

    1.Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not?
    Yes, ethical standards should be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further, in order to prevent people produce a robots that they can’t control themselves. Ethical standards will guide people how to design safe robots and use them safely Instead of creating robots mindlessly just for production purposes. Maybe it’s not necessary at now, but it must be essential in the future.With the development of the industry and the progress of the technology, the intelligent robot is getting higher and higher, which requires us to improve the ethical standards.

    2. What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?
    The advantage of using A.I. is long-term sustainable, which can save a lot of expenses for the company, like payment, training costs, management costs, etc.. Moreover, workers will inevitably make mistakes in the work, but once the A.I. program is set, the rate of making mistake is very low, so that it can guarantee the high quality of the product. And as a high-tech, it is also a very good marketing gimmick for customers .Everyone likes high tech products ,doesn’t it?

    3. If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I. would it give your firm a competitive advantage? Explain why or why not?
    Sure it does.As I said above,Using A.I. will reduce production cost, improve production efficiency and ensure product quality. The first industrial revolution makes the cloth produted by machine in British selling more than handmade cloth in China. It’s the same reason. A new generation technology always make the product occupy the market.

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  31. Rylan Greeno

    1. Yes, of course. Though we should not be afraid of robots “going rogue”, I believe it is important to set ethical standards to limit the specific functions and purposes the A.I. are created for. A.I. created to form metallic object into a specific mold for the purpose of efficiency is just fine. However, as soon as the military begins using A.I. for security measures, we need to really question whether or not that is ethical. Would people really trust the protection of A.I. in place of a cop?

    2. I believe A.I. can allow companies to be far more efficient within work processes. For example, a computer is a form of artificial intelligence and it is being used by many companies today to store useful data, and perform many tasks to assist people in their everyday work tasks.

    3. I believe it could definitely give my company a competitive advantage over those who do not. For example, if my company used A.I. in the form of computers to research and store data in order for me to organize my customers, I would have a huge competitive advantage over another company who has to keep records by hand of each and every customer. This would allow me to retrieve specific information that I need to know about my customers much more efficiently than my competitors doing it all by hand.

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  32. Tanner Johnson

    1.Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not??

    Yes ethical standards should be put in place, it is important that any industry has some ethical standards in place. A.I. development has the potential to have a break through and then experience fast paced exponential growth in the industry. It is important to have standards in place before this development so that they can be leaned on by industry experts as issues begin to pop up. By making these industry norms early in the development of the industry it can become a part of company culture by companies developing A.I. and help ensure A.I is ethically developed in the coming years.

    2. What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?
    The most obvious benefit is cost reduction, it is very possible that A.I. will be able to do many tasks more effectively and efficiently than humans. While their is most likely going to be an expensive capital cost up front, companies will see a reduction in cost over time as you only have to pay for regular maintenance/updates on the A.I. and the machines it uses. I.e You don’t have to pay an A.I. a living wage and benefits. As well it is possible that A.I. can become more advanced and technically precise than in humans in tasks that are currently almost exclusive completed by humans, such as surgery or machining.

    3. If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I. would it give your firm a competitive advantage? Explain why or why not.

    It would obviously depend on the industry and the adoption rate, but there is certainly an advantage that can be gained from the use of A.I. You can be come a cost leader in your industry if A.I. can reduce costs and be more efficient. It can automate many business processes and reduce the staffing needs. If this happens I think we see a shift in the work done by employees in the workplace, human workers will be relied upon for high level thinking and business planning and most large corporations will no longer have any data entry type of jobs are they could be done by an A.I. It will be interesting to see if A.I. can reach this capacity in anytime soon and the effects it has on not only the businesses by as well education and if there is any change in the type of skills new grads will have.

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  33. Matthew Thomas

    I personally believe that perhaps ethical standards should be developed but we are so far away from creating something that is anywhere near what is being talked about that it is an issue that we can start to develop but we should be in no rush to develop the litigation, rules and standards.

    Having A.I’s run company’s actually makes alot of sense in that, humans are emotional beings who make decisions based on those emotions. Even for a seasoned professional those emotions can get in the way. But with an AI at the helm all relent decisions would be made in the best interest of the company that is involved. that being said, this would never work, because as long as there is a single human in the equation a the “program” will never function properly, in other words, All the companies would have to be moved over to artificial intelligence at the exact same time in order to avoid programming conflicts.

    My company relies on a human work force to relate to other humans, which means that my personal working position is literally irreplaceable for a machine. You are not able to simulate human contact and interaction.

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  34. Miriam

    1.Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not??
    Yes I do think ethical standards should be put in place before we allow industries to develop A.I further. I believe that if we have standards put in place before hand, we know to what degree A.I will be used in the industry and that it won’t over run the workplace. You will still need human involvement because as stated in our textbook information coming from humans is the most important in decision making and it is the most useful. When we take out too much human power and replace it with A.I, we will run into serious issues.

    2. What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?
    A.I can be very beneficial in terms of a company’s performance. It will become more effective and efficient as long as it doesn’t become, as the article described it, “stupid” intelligence. In the long run it will save the company a lot of money, but will most likely be very expensive at the start.

    3. If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I. would it give your firm a competitive advantage? Explain why or why not?
    Yes I think that if my company would use the tactic of A.I my company would have a competitive advantage because of not only the speed of A.I but also the accuracy. Computers are known for doing the same thing very accurate and at a much higher speed than the human brain can comprehend. Therefor, yes I do think that A.I will be a competitive advantage as long as it keeps evolving.

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  35. Tokode Paul

    Yes, I think any mechanical company should definitely have some sort of ethical standards and guideline put in place in order to guide such company in the development of A.I. As the development of A.I gets better by the day, it would be a good idea to have protocols or safety laws that govern how this A.I are developed and programmed, in order to be able to have some sort of control on it just in case it varies of task or gets too smart for its own good. There is also the aspect of human self-interest where-by a developer my create A.I for his own benefit, with an ethical standard set it easier to monitor what and how the A.I are develops for. Overall there needs to be some restrictions with a clear boundary line that would benefit everybody in society.
    Having A.I in a company would make things much easier for the organization as it would be able to do employee tasks only better. Having artificial intelligence around would not only cut the tasks in half, but also it would save lots of valuable time that could be used to improve other areas in technology. Thus, this allows more opportunity to expand research on another sector of the society to further develop. With zero training required for A.I it would mean that it application runs under its own program which means performing office task very efficiently and with zero error as much as possible. This would bring about an increase in efficiency and a decrease in error to the company.

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  36. Slavomir Fabisik

    Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not??
    Very good example are three rules of Isaac Asimov. Even though they are not bulletproof it is a good start how to avoid deaths by „stupid“ machines. A.I should not be limited but sported more. Its purpose is to make our lives better and easier and to achieve more as mankind.

    What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?
    Nowadays, there are only few tasks which robots or A.I can not do. They are cost efficient and can work without interruptions. People who will be replaced by the machines will not lose their jobs, they will work in different areas as the market and technology evolves with time.

    If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I. would it give your firm a competitive advantage? Explain why or why not?
    If the which is using A.I is only one using this technology, it is indeed huge competitive advantage. In short time it might help the company to become market leader. Mostly because of it cost efficiency, exact forecasting and lower personnel costs. If competitors start to use the A.I as well it might not be the decisive factor anymore and new competitive advantage must be developed.

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  37. Brianne Bachmeier

    I think that A.I can have a major benefit in a company. Due to the fact that a relatively large amount of a companies costs go to employees through salaries, pension, bonuses, vacation pay etc. and those are constant payments it would be costly to just invest in buying the machine/robot with the costs of maintenance. Everyday new technology is formed and a huge benefit to that is accuracy and efficiency which is exactly what a company wants for their products. Introducing A.I into many companies could lead to the same outcome as uberization. Job loss. Without jobs how are we going to buy everyday needs and all the things people think are needs but are really just things they want or desire. The competitive advantage a company would have using A.I over someone not would be huge do to the efficiency of machines that is just not possible in a human. Every person makes mistakes but mistakes are a lot less common in technology that just does what it is powered to do without a second thought and without introducing emotions, guilt or personal interests that a machine/robot is not capable of.

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  38. Brandon Strang

    1. Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop AI any further? Why or Why not?

    I think in order for AI development to progress there is going to have to be some level of experimenting, That being said, safety should be the highest priority. Speed of production isn’t necessarily the only important component when considering how a product is produced. While I agree that its important to consider the ethics of AI, a company should have the freedom to choose how they wish to do business. Obviously some corporations will lose favour by replacing human power with machine power, it may be in their best interest.

    2. What benefits can you see with using AI as a company

    Using AI has some obvious benefits. If a company makes a lot of one thing, why not have a computer/machine make it? If a machine runs properly, quantity and quality can both be achieved. People are expensive. And they are all different. As long as its maintained, a machine never quits or asks for a raise, it never gets sick or goes on vacation. Obviously AI isn’t the answer for all companies, but the more advanced technology becomes and the ‘smarter’ AI gets, the more essential they will become to compete in the global market.

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  39. Marilou D

    1.Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not?
    Yes, I think every industry should have ethical standards in place before industries develop A.I. and take the proper precautions to ensure there is no danger toward humans. This way, it will avoid accidents like the one that happened in Germany. As the robot was programmed to do a certain task it didn’t recognize a human from a piece of metal. This is why in my opinion it is very important that computers and robots have ethics and behave morally if they are going to work with humans.

    2. What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?
    A.I. will provide great benefits and they will increase efficiency because it will take less time for an A.I. to complete a manual labour job than a Human would. In the end, it will increase profits and output because the time gained by the machine allows the company to produce more and 24/7 if needed.

    3.  If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I.  would it give your firm a competitive advantage?  Explain why or why not?
    Using A.I. in firms will give a competitive advantage, especially in manufacturing. If you don’t have efficient equipment you have less chance to compete in markets. Possessing an A.I. will be a good solution. It would increase the efficiency of a company at a lower cost and it allows you to make economies of scale. Yet, if another company uses a similar technology then the competitive advantage would be uncertain.

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  40. Katherine Haberman

    1.) Yes, ethical standards should be put in place. And it should happen in the near future. We will need some sort of control as AI advances further. People are greedy. It might be too tempting for a designer or programmer not to take the opportunity to benefit themselves. Installing a backdoor is just one way they could do it. Having advanced AI would make computer hackers a whole lot scarier.

    2.) There are many benefits to AI. It is going to change the way business is done in every industry. Machines have already taken over many assembly line jobs. As the textbook states, most payroll duties have also been taken over by computers. AI is going to impact us positively because it will allow humans to focus on more interesting work, rather than mindless, repetitive tasks. When washers were invented I don’t think anyone objected saying they would rather wash clothes by hand.
    Computers are better at processing large amounts of data. They are able to do it with greater speed and accuracy than humans. Businesses are going to need more efficient ways to deal with all the data as it continues to accumulate. Also, decisions made by machines are based on information and facts. Biases and moods are eliminated.

    3.) If other organizations in the industry had access to the same AI capabilities, it would not give any one organization a competitive advantage. Having a competitive advantage means a business has some type of attribute that enables them to outperform their rivals. They must have some sort of breakthrough technology that other organizations cannot access. If all players are using AI, it will soon be something that is a necessity in order to stay in the game.

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  41. Jessica Dexter

    Yes, ethical standards should be put in place when discussing artificial intelligence. Implementing ethical standards will regulate how much knowledge and power these robots will have, especially after reading in the article that an employee was killed by one of the robots. The benefits of using artificial intelligence are reduced costs for company’s. There are reduced labour costs because company’s e to hire employees. Using artificial intelligence would give my company a competitive advantage because it could produce goods faster and more efficient than human workers. It would also cut cost from hiring employees. With artificial intelligence it also creates less work place conflict between employees.

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  42. Emily Dawkins

    Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not?
    Yes, ethical standards should be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further for the purpose of our protection. Ethical standards gives guidelines for companies in order to determine right from wrong. Without these we are unable to determine what will happen if A.I. advances further without these. Someone has already been killed by a robot in an assembly, how can we guarantee this won’t happen again? Ethical standards also allow companies/businesses to keep on track with their mission and goal as a company.
    What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?
    One of the main benefits of A.I. is the decrease in costs. With the one time purchase of these machines/robots and their maintenance, it will be much cheaper than the cost of wages, benefits, overtime, training, certification costs, etc. But with that we re-visit the issue of job loss. As A.I. continues to advance, we are replacing opportunities for people to have work with robots. Another advantage of A.I. is the loss of human error, when a machine is programmed for something, it rarely makes an error. This benefit results in efficiency and no lost time.
    If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I. would it give your firm a competitive advantage? Explain why or why not?
    Yes it would give a competitive advantage for a period of time. The firm is able to complete jobs with less error, cheaper and more efficient. However, if A.I. continues to advance at the rate it is, at some point in the future all firms will have access to the same A.I. causing everyone to loose their competitive advantage.

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    1. Kyle Paulson

      The idea of creating a super intelligent robot, capable of thinking for itself and conjuring the ability to destroy the human species is a ridiculous idea to me. As stated in the article, people should be more frightened of the lack of intelligence and the inability to distinguish a human from a piece of metal than the silly thought of super intelligent robots. I do think having some form of ethical standard set in place could be a good safeguard when decades from now this idea of murderous AI may come into fruition. Until the technology is available to make mass killing machines capable of thinking for themselves, AI technology should continue to evolve and improve everyday functions more efficiently. Being a pioneer of something in any industry can influence immense gains in wealth and knowledge but can also prove costly if all eggs were put in one basket. Having Artificial Intelligence that could improve production or transportation could give a company a great deal of competitive advantage. As long as the AI performs the duties correctly the possibilities of efficiency could prove immense gains in all facets of a company. AI should be a compliment to everyday functions and not the main source of knowledge and production until it can be established as superior to the human race.

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  43. Kyle Moore

    Well I definitely feel like having the ethical standards in place would be beneficial for the development of an A.I. Yes, we might not be as advanced as the Terminator or I Robot but having the technology build already would definitely keep the consumers at peace. Besides when these A.I. are built we would already know that they would put human life above everything else. They might not build the ethical standards first which also wouldn’t be the end of the world but as a consumer it might put us on edge when they begin to test these A.Is. I think having the ethical standards is the most important because that would mean that there would have been a lot of trial and errors before the first A.I was built and ready to go. It would be really interesting to see the world filled with A.Is. but at the same time it would be intimidating as well. The lifestyles that we have now would be a lot easier and a lot less stressed. Although we would also feel like we were no longer needed, we could program everything the A.I. needed to know and set them on their way. What purpose would we have if A.I had all our jobs?

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  44. Shelby Barrus

    1. Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industries to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not??

    We live in a society of “now”, meaning consumers do not like to wait for anything. If supporting A.I. would help products reach consumers faster through the use of A.I. by creating better efficiency, then I think companies would benefit greatly. However, from an ethical stand point I think it raises concern. The bottom line being that machines are ultimately replacing workers. Even with today’s latest technological advantages we are nowhere near replacing workers permanently for the long term. With that being said, for the sake of a company and keeping consumers happy, A.I. has its advantages.

    2. What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company?

    Within a company, A.I. has many advantages. It would decrease the cost of maintaining employees because you would not have to pay wages, over time pay, employee benefits, grant holidays, breaks, or days off. In correlation to that, through the use of A.I. no training time would be necessary as it all runs under programming and they will perform this task until efficiently and with little error until they are programmed to do something else. A company would see a decrease in error with an increase in efficiency. These computers will be practical, effective, and consistent with their work. They will also provide the company with performance stats that could benefit the long term operation of the company.

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  45. Mark Reners

    1.Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not??I believe that ethical standard are a very large part in any industry. It is the way the company decides what is right or wrong and how many company’s become successful. However, at this point in time i think there is no need to introduce ethic standards to A.I as there is still tons of room for more improvement in other areas.

    2. What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company? When looking at A.I in a company i think there is tons of benefits that come along with this great idea. When you have real human workers you have to deal with problems such as employees being late for work, quitting, wages and conflicts in the work environment. None of these would be an issue when it comes to A.I robots would be able to perform the same jobs as these humans would but at a higher and faster rate becoming much more efficient. Although it may be expensive at first i think in the long run it would save a lot of money as you would not have to pay wages to these robots and you would be able to produce a lot more products.

    3. If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I. would it give your firm a competitive advantage? Yes i think you would have a competitive advantage over other companies. You would be able to cut back on costs form workers while increasing your productivity substantially. I think A.I could become much smarter than the average human and would have less distractions in the workplace causing less error over a typical work day. As for running the business you would never have to worry about someone lower on the scale stealing your spot as they are not able to make decisions like a human would.

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  46. Bryce Baker

    I’m sure there already are some ethical standards in place. Do I think they should be taken further? Probably not. The incident in Germany does need to be thoroughly investigated, and if decided to be the machinery’s fault, then perhaps the recognition features of the A.I. should be enhanced and updated. But as any form of technologically like this advances, there will always be more and more regulations and industry standards to follow.

    There are massive benefits to be had from artificial intelligence. Initial start up costs for installing the robots would surely be expensive but would save a fortune on operating costs in the long run, and it’s not like this has yet to be proven. And ironically, after reading the above article, I still think another huge benefit would be safety of personnel. I looked further into the death of the german worker. It happened at a Volkswagen manufacturing plant. There was a crew of people assembling the robotic arm, and it is believed the arm was under human control at the time of the incident. It is unfortunate that this young worker was killed, but I wouldn’t imagine assembling cars entirely by hand would be a very safe task for even the most skilled of laborers.

    Unless my firm had the capital and necessary resources to configure the most advanced automated system yet, I don’t believe there would be a great competitive advantage. There are already numerous companies on board with artificial intelligence. Every car manufacturer, every snack food, and basically every other tangible consumer product with a commercial is being produced via automation.

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  47. Josee Glen

    1.Should ethical standards be put in place before we allow industry to develop A.I. any further? Why or Why Not?? Ethical standards should be put in place before we allow the industry to develop A.I any further because they will ensure fairness, trust and good behaviour within any organizations. If there was already a human killed by an assembly line robot thinking they were another metal robot, who is to say it won’t happen again.
    2. What benefits can you see with using A.I. as a company? Personally, I feel that there are few benefits using A.I as a company and more threats and risks. Companies have already cut out the lowest paid employees through automation and offshoring. If they can cut out middle tier employees using robots and software, they certainly will. This is going to hurt the middle class. There will be fewer and fewer decent jobs.
    3.  If your company decided on a tactic of using A.I.  would it give your firm a competitive advantage?  Explain why or why not? If my company decided on a tactic of using A.I, yes it would probably give them an advantage in the sense that there would be less errors and fewer mistakes. It would also profit them by giving and increase in efficiency, lower costs, and a greater ability to analyze information. However, in my opinion AI is far more narrow and limited than many people think. Artificial intelligence is no substitute for the real thing.

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  48. Taylen Oancia

    There should be at least some sort of ethical standards put in place when it comes to the future development of Artificial Intelligence, even if just a basic legal framework. As the field of AI emerges, ethical standards can keep companies visions of AI in line with the various companies and government groups involved. I think that there should specifically be guidelines when it comes to data mining and data usage with AI computers, keeping secure the parameters in which this ‘intelligence’ can be developed, used, and improved over time.

    There are numerous benefits to employing the use of AI within a company, first and foremost in my opinion would be the reduction of long-term costs. Technology such as this is not inexpensive, however AI with a learning program could eventually be programmed or developed to do a vast amount of simple tasks in a short period of time, rather than having a human do the task. The evolution of these programs could eventually solve large amounts of easy tasks, and eventually be able to complete more complex tasks based on criteria and computer processes. There are an incredible amount of potential benefits from this technology, yet its lack of useful development at a current time means that these benefits come with a very high price tag.

    If a company decided, at the current time, to employ AI into a sector of their business, it would definitely be a competitive advantage for them. At the present time there is virtually zero use of this AI in the general business world, so the use of it in any sector would nearly guarantee an advantage. At the present time, the public view of AI is riddled with ignorance and confusion (fear); most people do not understand the mechanics and parameters of how the technology works and operates. The divide between those who understand and those who do not is always increasing with the leaps and bounds that technology makes forward and successful implementation of AI technology into a company will certainly create at least some sort of competitive advantage for them.

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  49. Joe Johnson

    I don’t think that ethical standards are needed yet. There is still lots of progress that needs to be made before artificial intelligence exists in our everyday lives. If ethical standards were placed on A.I today it would slow down the research and development of the computers. As engineers get closer to A.I technology products are created that can benefit many lives. I do think that as we get closer to A.I actually existing that ethical standards should be put in place. But we are a still a long way away from that day.

    There are many benefits with using A.I in most companies. Any company that creates a basic everyday product would love to have a robot make that product. A company would only need to make a one time purchase for a robot that would take the place of employees.

    Yes it would give my firm a competitive advantage because I would be able to produce faster and with less money than my competitors. A robot would be able to perform a better job than a human. A robot would work longer hours and complete the job with out making any mistakes. My robot would cost me a one time price, but I wouldn’t have to pay him hourly or a salary after that. I would save a lot of money by not having as many employees. Employees expense is usually the largest expense for a firm.

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  50. Mason

    There should be ethical standards put in place before the we allow A.I. to develop any further. Ethical standards in this field will allow organizations to regulate how much information and power A.I. can actually possess. Military is a strong talking point when it comes to artificial intelligence. I would argue that I would not want A.I. making decisions related to the military due to lack of experience with and knowledge about how A.I. would react to certain situations. However, When it comes to general labor A.I. could pose a huge boost in productivity and efficiency. As A.I. further develops there needs to be checkpoints that are constantly being met. We can’t afford to have a potentially volatile market not be regulated.
    A.I. would benefit a company by increasing production and efficiency and limiting waste. It would cut your costs because you would be paying for the technology and upkeep, not consistent wages and benefits of an employee.
    It would give your firm a competitive advantage because it could take care of numerous problems that could cost a high amount of money. Security, inventory, payroll all areas that A.I. could help. A.I.allows your company to turn your attention to what you deem as more important such as research and development, sales or advertising.

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