Future of Artificial Intelligence

19 Apr 2022

Future of Artificial Intelligence

We all know the saying "AI can do it better than humans". But can they? In short form yes, AI are capable of repeating a task over and over again with far higher accuracy than any human can achieve, and are also capable of working for longer. Seems all great right? But historically, AI has been known to be unable to do one thing, think. AI has generally been incapable of being able to think, and therefore learn, meaning it can only do what it was ever programmed to do and no more. For these types of AI, they would be perfectly capable of doing menial tasks such as physical labour work. To do more skilled jobs such as engineering or science or law, the AI would be required to do far more than what it was just programmed to do.

Elon Musk is proposing that AI will become the way of the future, and that it is inevitable since AI can and will replace many menial jobs in the workforce, providing society with a greater efficiency of these tasks. However, this comes at a cost as these workers who rely on unskilled labour will now be unemployed and struggling to find work since the available workplaces in this era will be mainly skill intensive occupations. The real question is, will technology reach this level? Answer is, probably yes. In the last 20 years there has been a giant increase in the development of AI, robots have been created and have demonstrated a great capability to do manual tasks.

My take on the future of AI is that it is undeniably more efficient to have robots working instead of humans, such that humans can put their time into recreational activities or using their time to develop themselves, or do research for the greater good of the planet. However, will that being said I believe it comes at great costs. Having AI replace robots in factories, restaurants, retail and many other departments would create a world where we are no longer surrounded by our own kind, but instead robots. Some people may not be comfortable with AI that they don't "trust" as it might have a bad impression for people. If this ends out poorly for society there will be a side of people who support AI and a side who does not, and conflict will inevitably arise. AI banned in certain states, or countries and disagreement among governments and allies will rise. There is no telling the great damages this could cause in the fabric of our society. What do you think?

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This is an interesting read!! I think you've hit the nail on the head when you've mentioned the social impact of AI in terms of displacing jobs and potentially undermining public trust. Rather interestingly, questions such as these have been posed by numerous science fiction films (e.g. Ridley Scott's Blade Runner; The Minority Report) but has not attracted adequate consideration by our leaders. Better to turn to the fiction than to reality!! Another aspect to this is that AI is not as "objective" as people think - E.g. In that it can be riddled with algorithmic bias or even the biases of its own creators. All of this has given me an idea for my next post on how AI has been used in the legal sphere in assessing bail applications (thanks for the inspo!!). Let's continue exploring AI!!
AI Is already used so much its embedded in everything we do. Trust and transparency must be the focus as well as fairness
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