Ah, the lovel AI topic. The topic that I hope provides fruit in the future, closer than is most likely actually going to happen.
AI in itself is an amazing concept, idea, whatever you want to look at it as. Something I very much look forward to but doubt I will see in my life time. Something that is amazing, however very dangerous, and I am not talking about just SkyNet. That's a very logical theory, I hope AI in the future if it is sentient has compassion.
I would love to work on AI, but was not gifted with the best location or privileges to do so. No local jobs, 24 years old and only a G1 so transportation is out of question, and college just put me into debt. Good experience though, the first taste of freedom. This isn't about me though, it is about AI. So back onto the AI topic and why it is so amazing.
What I believe some of the benefits could be used for: Put simply, imagine linking 1,000 (or more, or less, whatever it takes) super computer AI machines into a ThinkTank of sorts. Cancer a problem? Nothing an accelerated host of machines can't fix. Any Reasearch and Development company would benefit from. Want to retest what we know as physics, or law? Accelerated Learning. Yay.
I personally would love a personal AI assistance to motivate me, and just help me out in general. An artificial intelligence or talk to me throughout the day and answer any question I have, that is smarter than myself so I have someone/something to look up to, to be able to talk with or help me with tasks I have. I have a horrible, god awful memory. I was talking to somebody I knew back in school and he was telling me things I never remembered. My wife did, he did, anybody else did but I never. My memory in general is pretty much nothing. So imagine if you could have your digital/physical assistant catalog/remember everything for you and bring them up as needed. Yes my phone can make notifications and events that are coming up but not automatically and I will not remember to set them. Just today I setup Google Now, although I feel weird talking to my cellphone. Although I do love Google Now how I am 3ft from my TV and it was only picking up my voice (weird office setup), and how clear it got my voice. Another useful thing would be to have them think of an alternative energy solution. I could sit all day and talk about good thing AI could help achieve. However: The bad.
First thing is SkyNet so I won't go into detail about that at all, just saying that everybody knows what it means.
Secondly, a virus designed to take over or ultimately destroy AI (say, when we start to rely on it too much, or just to hack your finances).
Third, corrupt companies or organizations that use it for their own personal agenda, such as corporate subterfuge.
Fourth, the fact that their existence would make humans overall lazy since you could just use them to do whatever you wanted for you, even more so than smartphones are doing to us already (seeing as how you used to have to walk over to a friends house to talk, now you can just text them all day long on your bed/couch/sofa/floor/roof, yes roof for us country folk ;).
AI, the very topic I love, and yet one of the things that one way or another can and will destroy us some way or another. If only I could use AI as an assistant to help with life.
Also, if anybody happens to be working on immortality, think of me because I never ever want to die or grow old, then again not many humans do :)