Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a computer or electronic device performing actions as if it were a human – it would apply some sort of intelligence factor or representation to accomplish the task. Some of these human services these electronic devices are performing include different planning methods and actions that include learning, problem solving, motion, thought manipulation, social response and intelligence, creativity, knowledge representation, and imitation.
These electronic manipulations happening occur simultaneously with our daily lives, most of the time without us even realizing. Different examples of frequently used AI programming include virtual assistants (like Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri) photo recognition (like on social platforms and personal devices), and spam and credit card fraud testing; as well as more in-depth projects, like self-driving cars, check-out kiosks, and recommendation engines that frequent your past purchases to create their own ads.
As consumers and participants in a fast-paced electronically changing world, we have not only let these AI infiltrations become a part of our daily lives, but we also have not educated ourselves on their pros and cons. As AI begins to take over different parts of our lives, we have to be ready for some of the negative impactful scenarios that can take place.
Recently, as these types of programming have progressed, we have seen AI take over employment in place of humans. This is expected since narrow AI can outperform humans at whatever its specific task is, like playing chess or solving equations, and AGI (an expanded form of AI) would outperform humans at nearly every cognitive task. This was recently demonstrated with iHeart Radio’s recent massive layoff, where AI radio programming replaced nearly 15% of the company, including their Denver team.
iHeartMedia, a nation-wide corporation, declared, “As it enters the new decade, iHeartMedia today announced a new organizational structure for its Markets Group as it modernizes the company to take advantage of the significant investments it has made in technology and artificial intelligence (AI) and its unique scale and leadership position in the audio marketplace.”
An article in the Denver Post has also commented on the negative shift in the economy that would be seen in Denver and Boulder as AI becomes more prevalent. In areas like these where high-tech jobs and innovative practices are becoming more relevant, there is sure to be a disruptive and breaching outtake that requires change and displacement. These displacements are targeting people with a higher education as well, showing that workers with a bachelor’s degree face five times the chance of AI disruption than those with just a high school degree.
There are also options where an AI program can compliment a current position or assist in a current employment role, to where displacement would not always be necessary. It is shown that almost every occupation industry out there has AI-related patents, with agriculture having the greatest exposure, followed by science, business, finance, technology, manufacturing, and natural resources.
Boulder, Colorado has one of the highest scientific-based workforces in the country, making it an extremely vulnerable economy for this change. In the future, we will see that more manufacturers and laborers will be at risk as AI programs will begin to handle the running of automated systems and production line robots. It has even been shown that AI is progressing on studying and scanning lab reports to identify cancers. These advanced diagnostic skills in AI will only progress as we move forward.
There has also been news pertaining to companies beginning to fake diversity through AI programs. Certain companies have shown different models through their programming that represent different ethnicities, and then claim to hold that diversity standard throughout their company. There have even been ads pushed out to companies to make their program “more ethnic” with these diverse models.
Although there seem to be humanitarian issues related to the advancement of AI, there are also some more sociable effects that will come to be. If you expand your imagination, you can see some of the beautiful things that can come from the advancement of technology:
– Holographic Dating:
In the future, you will be able to swoon over a holographic visual of a potential loved one and simply swipe your hand to the side for the future love of your life’s next pixelated image.
– Health Services:
There will soon be potential to have AI health sensors scattered throughout your daily life, tracking your intakes and outtakes and electronically stimulating your cells to keep you proactive and healthy.
Online and holographic AI tutorials could come into fruition with the ability to personalize your education using social adaptation strategies to best target your learning needs.
– Government Takeovers:
Multiple nations have let AI systems take over and run their governments, and have hence seen corruption and mismanagement fade away from a regulated system as a result.
– Eliminate the Need for Tedious Tasks:
The art of talking into your phone and telling your car where to go will begin to flourish and replace the tedious hardships of your life.
Artificial Intelligence systems are in routine use in many different fields of study. When a computer can carry out tasks better than a human at a more efficient pace it should definitely be considered intelligent. This can run in to ethical problems with the issue of humans being replaced with machines. It is sure that as development of these machines continues and advances it will change how society functions all together.
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