In the last decade, artificial intelligence (AI) has taken a huge leap forward. Robots can now perform tasks that were once thought to be exclusively human: driving cars and performing surgery, for example.
And yet, concern about AI remains widespread. Some fear that robots will take over everything; others hope for a world where humans and machines work symbiotically together, while some simply feel scared by advanced AI.
But is this worry justified?
For every possible nightmare scenario, there are at least as many potential benefits of integrating AI into society–and we need to start thinking through these scenarios if we want to make sure the impact of AI on our lives is positive overall.
What is artificial intelligence (AI)?
AI is the intelligence of a machine. It’s used in all sorts of things, anything from driverless cars to smart offices and drones. AI also includes the ability to detect patterns and uses those patterns to make decisions that would be unheard of for humans alone.
Why is AI a concern?
The first reason that people are concerned about AI will come as no surprise: The Terminator movies. While the movies portray a highly imaginative and dystopian future, they have nonetheless left an indelible mark on public consciousness. As for other potential causes for concern about AI, there are sadly far too many to list.
Another angle from which to consider this topic, however, is global poverty and inequality–because there’s a lot of potential for AI to help tackle those problems head-on.
As one example, instead of having someone read off a computer screen for hours every day, why not have a robot read the weather forecast?
What is the potential for AI to help global poverty and inequality?
Many have argued that, as human labor becomes more and more costly, organizations should embrace automation tools to work faster. If a robot can read a computer screen or a set of data better than a person, then why not use it instead?
But far from being a threat, artificial intelligence could actually be a major positive for organizations looking to reduce the costs of labor.
For one thing, advances in AI are making robots more accessible for many tasks. It might still be difficult to train a robot to do all of the things that humans can do, but it’s much easier to instruct an industrial robot not to touch something or have it read from a screen.
In fact, there is already evidence that jobs involving routine, repetitive tasks are most at risk from automation.
In the next decade or two, it’s likely that organizations will increasingly turn to AI technologies in order to automate certain types of labor–driving taxis and trucks, for example–and reduce costs. This could mean huge improvements in global poverty and income inequality.
How does AI work in the real world, and how it could change our lives for better or worse
There are many ways in which AI could benefit society, and moreover, there are many ways in which it could be harmful. The good news is that the bad effects of AI will never outweigh the good if we use it correctly. It can either uproot human jobs or very well could make them safe and sustainable.
There is a lot of potential for AI to help with global poverty and inequality because it can replace the need for people to spend hours reading from a screen that could be read much faster by a machine.
This, however, does not mean that human labor will disappear; we merely need to find new types of tasks for them to do.
AI has improved our lives immensely, but it still has its flaws. For instance, the more advanced AI gets, the more likely it is that robots will be able to do all human tasks.
It can either help reduce global poverty and inequality or it could harm society by taking over most jobs.
Machine learning has taken us many steps forward, but with every step, we take there’s always a chance of getting hurt. The good outweighs the bad because of all the ways in which AI can help people.
It has taken over many jobs, but it has also opened up new options for marketers and job creators to explore. In this way, AI is both a threat and an opportunity.
The benefits of using AI to solve global problems like climate change, disease eradication, etc.
One of the benefits of using AI to solve global problems like climate change, disease eradication, etc., is that it can help us to get data faster. This, in turn, will allow us to come up with quicker solutions for these problems so that they can be solved more quickly.
There are many potentials for AI to be used to solve global problems because there are so many ways in which it can be useful.
Concerns about AI and whether we should be worried about its impact on society
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the military has been heavily debated, with opposition coming from the International Committee of Robot Arms Control (ICRAC), who released a statement in late 2017 opposing “the development, production, and use of fully autonomous weapons.”
Another concern with AI is the issue of safety. Currently, most AI systems are used in military contexts remotely controlled by human operators. However, this limits their abilities because they cannot operate outside of the range of communications with their controllers.
As AI advances, there is increasing pressure to allow for completely autonomous operation-perhaps even armed-without any human involvement whatsoever. A major concern with this sort of weaponry is that they would lack human judgment and moral responsibility.
This has prompted some experts and academics to call for humans to remain in control over all weapon systems and bans on certain types of autonomous arms.
As you can see, there are many different opinions on the direction that artificial intelligence is headed. Some feel that it could be a great thing for society and reduce global poverty and inequality, while others fear robots taking over everything.
It’s hard to say what will happen with AI in the future because we don’t know how quickly or slowly it will progress as well as who has access to this technology.
However, one thing is certain: if humans want to maintain their position at the top of the food chain, they’ll need to keep up with these advancements in an effort to stay ahead of any curveballs thrown their way by artificially intelligent systems.
Whether or not artificial intelligence ends up being deemed ‘hope’ or ‘horror,’ only time will tell.