Ever since the idea of artificial intelligence came about, the question has been raised, "Can this technology be dangerous to humans?" And now, in an interview with CBS, Yuval Noah Harari, an intellectual, historian, and writer, has spoken of the danger of hacking the human brain by this technology.

this historian has warned the people and their rulers that in fact the phenomenon of artificial intelligence, such as nuclear energy, must be dealt with. Because artificial intelligence, like nuclear energy and many other technologies, can be both useful and dangerous to humans in the hands of the wrong people. "If there are no strict rules for learning artificial intelligence at the international level right now, we will face a series of so-called hacked people in the very near future," says Yuval Harari. Because with the entry of human internal data into global information networks, artificial intelligence companies can easily access this information and sell this information to the rich and powerful in the world.

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He gives the example: Many people ten years ago, in the face of a company like Facebook or the Instagram app, wondered, why do these companies provide these services to others for free? They must be crazy to do that. But now it turns out that these services are for the purpose of accessing our private information to trade with it.

Control the world with information

In the future, those who control information will also control the world; Because with the development of artificial intelligence, this technology in the hands of the powerful in society allows them to guide people as they wish. And in this way, they can create a society without any civil liberties. The ruin of a city is ruled by chaos, and in their view, humans can be hacked, and when the human brain is hacked, the hacked man is a free-willed slave. The author of the book Wise Man added that the countries of the world should do something to prevent this unfortunate event before it is too late. They must work together seriously to tackle the great danger of human brain hacking, and lawmakers must lay down strong rules for the use of artificial intelligence.

AI is not the only destructive element here, and like any other technology, it can work well or badly, depending on who uses it. Such as aerospace technologies or even forging; A blacksmith can use his knowledge to make agricultural tools or deadly weapons. Knowledge can be useful or dangerous, depending on who uses it. Here, too, the powerful and the masters of society, instead of using artificial intelligence in fields such as medicine, economics, or astronomy, turn to the dictatorship of information, and those who have the most useful data will control their lives. Even now, multinational corporations such as Facebook, Apple, or Google are trying to take control of the world around us by taking over the data world; They see the world as a forest of information and consider themselves the masters of this forest.

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Iron curtains and silicone curtains

If in the historical period of the Cold War there was an iron curtain, now a silicone curtain has been made, and this has led to another Cold War between the United States and the Chinese communist government. The two countries are facing each other and are facing each other with the help of artificial intelligence. Does our information go to the United States and California, or to Shenzhen, Beijing, and Shanghai? According to Harari's warnings to people and civic activists, we will soon see incredible change, and artificial intelligence-based on sophisticated algorithms will easily overpower people and even hack the human brain.

Is Netflix going to tell us what to watch? Or does Amazon tell us what to buy? Are these algorithms going to choose for us in the next ten, twenty, or thirty years which university to study at, what to do, where to work, how and with whom to marry, or even worse, who should we vote for? Let's not forget that just a few years ago, Facebook tried to determine the outcome of the US election by controlling the information of its users. Over the past two years, due to the corona epidemic, many companies have been collecting personal information and physical and health data. This data tells them what is happening inside our bodies. So far, they have been gathering information about our meeting places, the people we met, and the movies we wanted to see; Now, as a next step, they want to penetrate under our skin.

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The importance of international cooperation

What can we do about this oppression? We have now reached a point where only international cooperation can overcome this impasse; No one alone can fight the power of artificial intelligence. My information should not be used to control me. The important law is that the oversight of companies, governments, and high-ranking individuals should be increased, and more importantly, that we should not allow people's information to be gathered in one place at all; Because this dictatorship will create information.

If strict rules are not enacted now, everyone will soon be in danger of being "hacked". Here, hacking a person means knowing him better than himself and controlling him based on this information. Like a robot or machine that has been hacked from the outside and controlled like a puppet.

Of course, artificial intelligence has many positive aspects, but only if wise legislators make that law. The future can be the utopia, just as it can be the utopia. For example, artificial intelligence can be used in medicine to eradicate many diseases and epidemics.

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Now the only question is: who oversees our data, and who sets the law to control it?

This discourse comes at a time when the idea of connecting the human mind to the global information network "Internet" has been proposed by Ilan Musk, and the idea of 3D Internet by Zuckerberg, the owner of Facebook, and at the same time has made the debate hotter these days.

Thank you for reading
Mehran Heydari

Ref :

[1]  =  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/yuval-noah-harari-sapiens-60-minutes-2021-10-31/

[2] = https://builtin.com/artificial-intelligence/risks-of-artificial-intelligence