Exordium (introduction)Hello and good afternoon, my name is sophie

Exordium (introduction)Hello and good afternoon, my name is sophie gengler, and I am a post millenial. I am a user of technology. I am a driver. I am a high school student. And I am here to convince you that artificial intelligence is our future.I’m sure we’ve all heard of the folklore story of John Henry, a steel driving man who competed with technology and died trying. The underlying prompt behind the tale was pitting man vs. machine. Another grand example of this is a 1997 chess championship where a computer, known as Deep Blue, defeated the chess champion of the world. The recurring theme in both scenarios is that when man is placed against machine, it appears that man will always lose. However, I am here today to tell you that fighting the machine is the worst possible choice when it comes to Artificial Intelligence. It is time that we, as generation Z, engage with technology in order to overcome human error. Narration (background)In this day and age, everyone around us is fearing the future of artificial intelligence. With shows such as black mirror (image), Westworld (image), movies such as The terminator (image), even Wall-E (image), bring to life the resounding fear of artificial intelligence within us all. Hollywood has fed modern Americans with movies about murderous robots who hold a desire to end all of humanity. yet, these movies are called science fiction for a reason. The artificial intelligence I am talking about is the same technology of which IBM, Google, Amazon, and Microsoft are currently investing in (images)This new wave of artificial intelligent, thanks to the investments made by companies as such, has the potential to be a second industrial revolution. The agricultural revolution was a time when homo sapiens utilized muscle power and the power of animals to produce a larger quantity of food. The first industrial revolution was a time when companies utilized steam power to enhance innovation in the Western world. Might we ask ourselves… what’s next? How much more intelligent can we make our machines? How much more intelligent can our machines make us? Partition (forecast and thesis)Now… you might question.. Why should we even advance? We are at a point in history where we can tweet anything we are thinking, we can post what is in front of our eyes, we can voice our opinions to the world in a second. Technology has brought us so far. So why stop now? It’s been critics that have been holding us back from progressing even further. Saying the end of the world is to come with the advancement of artificial intelligence. However, doomsaying has always been a favourite American pastime. And I truly believe that it is our generations turn to change the world for the better. With artificial intelligence, we can purify our society, we can create jobs, and we can induce a workforce where humans and machines work together for the betterment of our environment, our education systems, our safety, and most importantly, our posterity. Confirmation (development of points)Speaking of doomsayers, a philosopher by the name of Douglas Engelbart extrapolated on the intrinsic evilness found within mankind at a North American Computers and Philosophy conference in 2006. With references to criminals like Ted Bundy, Engelbart makes it clear that sexism and racism are human qualities that can not be overcome. Due to this simple truism, that humans are intrinsically evil, it is important that we invest in artificial intelligence, of which will maintain ethics and morality in our society. (After the humans are gone Douglas Engelbart Keynote Address, North American…). The simple truth is that humans are full of error, judgement, distraction and injustice without even knowing it. Artificial intelligence, however, is not. A prime example would be a thing called micro-directives which are being implemented in America’s judicial systems. A micro-directive is, essentially, a techonological system which guides lawmakers towards the most just and fair decisions in writing law (self driving laws). It is programmed without pre-conceived notions of judgement, without racism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia. Without hatred or blind ignorance. It is simply motivated by utilitarian morals. This allows the future of our judicial system to behold no gray-areas in the law. Now, this idea of artificial intelligence being guided by utilitarian morals was introduced by two professors, Kevin B. Korb and Ann E. Nicholson (ethics of the singularity). Utilitarianism is an aspect of life, wherinwhich, people, or rather, robots, act on behalf of the outcome of a situation. It is the focus on ‘what is the best possible world outcome’. By programming artificial intelligence with strong moral compasses and a foundation in utilitarianism, the only goal that superintelligence would hold is goal of bettering the human condition. Now, critics are quick to say that once artificial intelligence takes off, there is no stopping private organizations from using this technology to harm innocents. But that is like saying we should not repopulate the earth because we want to eradicate terrorist organizations. We, as mere humans, can never stop random acts of violence, whether those come from rogue AI or from a white man with a automatic gun in the 32nd floor of a hotel. We can only hope that by embracing artificial intelligence, we will eradicate this violence. We can unite and take a stand against human error, with artificial intelligence by our side. And yes, such unity does exist. I personally would call it human/machine synergy. Synergy, or to synergize, is not a grading software. I like to describe in the terms of a woman I met at this program over the summer. She explained it as uniting over an action in order to reach a better outcome than doing an act alone. A model of this would be when migrating birds fly in a V formation. These birds synergize and the draft that the birds in front let off helps those in the back fly with less energy. Now, synergy between man and machine is happening all around us already. Refutation (consideration of opposing positions)Considers objections to the thesis or its supporting points and tries to counter objectionsPeroration (conclusion)Everything around us is inneficient. Our government, our education system (minus ms. Smith of course), our cars, our relationships, our hospitals. These are all things we can work on. However, we will never see efficiency in these areas if we don’t incorporate artificial intelligence. And you might not want to tell your computer this, but if all else fails, we can simply unplug our devices.

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