The world is changing at an unprecedented rate and Artificial Intelligence is becoming far more prevalent in real life situations as we speak. AI is not just a tool, however a concept of machine learning transforming our lives in every walk of life by taking over every task where human intelligence was considered vital to complete.
The beginning of AI can be traced all the way back to the early 1950s. Few could see through the explicit details as AI seemed like just another software, no one saw what was coming, just around 5 years ago, AI was considered to be decades behind human intelligence, however now that the dust of the internet revolution has settled, the manifestation of the sigmoid curve is becoming more and more obvious.
Artificial intelligence has hastily taken over several industries, revolutionizing healthcare, financial services and even transportation.
AI bots, such as ChatGPT use state of the art Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 or GPT 3 that is a language model where future data is predicted using formerly analysed data. ChatGPT is an ever growing database that can be used to predict answers related to books, assignments and even code and then refined using its dialogue model that allows the reader to interact with the bot and suggest changes. Similarly, Open AI, the same company behind ChatGPT is also developing a software called DALL-E-2 which can use generative AI tech to create new and unique images based on a small description and the results often fail to disappoint the user. If this wasn’t already enough companies such as the Elon Musk backed Neuralink are developing chips that can be implanted straight into the brains of humans that allows them to connect humans with computers for the first time in history, though it is still a work in progress, thinking of this future is not far-fetched. This AI-powered app finds cheaper flights hotels, and more, for as low as $60 for a lifetime subscription
Businesses and education institutes
AI opens opportunities for not only businesses and education institutes but also for automating simple everyday tasks by analysing data from previous similar events and deriving new insights and courses of action that can make the completion of a task faster and/or more efficient, sometimes this can include completely new and unique solutions which it gets the idea for by integrating information about different aspects of life such as fabricating the design for submarines by looking at the ability of whales to stay underwater for long periods of time and using sonar.
Useful to our daily lives
Though AI is becoming increasingly useful to our daily lives, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, there’s always another side to the story, another version of the same tale, and AI is no different. These days, college professors are becoming more and more infuriated as their students use these AI bots to write entire assignments for them which is made untraceable by using other bots to paraphrase the articles. Not only this but social media companies are taking advantage of AI-generated algorithms to fill the youth with addiction and decreased productivity. A very real example of the same is TikTok which has an extremely advanced algorithm fabricated to keep teenagers glued to their screens that is resulting in a drastic increase in screen time for youths all over the world. There are countless other examples of the very real threat of AI, among which is Deepfake technology which can be misused for deception and manipulating other humans and therefore be a cause of misinformation, defamation, impersonation, etc.
Artificial intelligence poses a considerable threat to employment, with the inclusion of other reasons, silicon valley has seen a record amount of cuts in workforce, as tech giants such as Google and Microsoft have been in the thick of all the chaos. https://www.britannica.com/technology/artificial-intelligence
No one can deny the numerous benefits presented by AI but equally undeniable are its downsides. Who knows what the future holds for artificial intelligence, however it’s development is not automatic, rather it depends on us, do the pros outweigh the cons? How can we strike a balance between data-driven insights and privacy? Where is the delicate line that separates over dependency from balanced assimilation? These are all the questions that we need to ask ourselves in order to choose a path for the healthy and careful integration of AI into our lives. Just like every other thing, AIs harmful nature is inherent from its development, deployment and regulation. We merely require a guideline that ensures a positive compromise between its pros and cons. With new developments taking place everyday, the future looks bright for Artificial Intelligence which looks to revolutionise our lives and make them better.
AI is not a venture of jeopardy but a tool of great help and magnitude. As Stephen Hawking put it beautifully,
“It will either be the best thing that’s ever happened to us, or it will be the worst thing. If we’re not careful, it may very well be the last thing.”
“AI is far more dangerous than nukes” – Elon Musk