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Artificial Intelligence: A Doomsday Risk?

Which will it be: a boon to how we interact with technology or technology run amuck?

There is a current debate raging, even among the artificial intelligence community, that things are moving too fast in the development of the technology. This is a quote from a New York Times article updated Nov. 20 titled:

The industry is split among so-called doomers who say the technology is moving too quickly and others who say it can make lifesaving enhancements.

"More than 1,000 tech leaders signed a letter in March calling for a pause in the development of A.I.’s most advanced systems, saying the tools have 'profound risks to society and humanity.'"

Which brings me to the thought that perhaps AI should be added to our list of "human caused" previously called "man-made" disasters. Which direction the calamity might take is anyone's guess, but the possibilities are endless.

It is a dangerous world out there and maybe we are the worst culprits across the board — climate change is certainly on that list of "human caused" disasters.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.