The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

In last decade artificial intelligence has gone from science fiction dream to a critical part of our everyday life. We use artificial intelligence (AI) systems to interact with our phones through Siri and Alexa, cars like Tesla’s interpret and analyze their surroundings to intelligently drive themselves, Amazon monitors our browsing habits and intelligently serves us products it thinks to buy and even Google decides what kind of search results to give us based on who it thinks we are. Artificially intelligence algorithms are here but this is only the beginning because in the future AI is going to change everything but do we want it to? 

What is AI?

Well, what exactly is artificial intelligence? May be a better question might be what exactly is intelligence, the simplest descriptor is collecting data about the world and using that data for predictions in short and long term that applies to both people and machines so when we talk about AI in our lives we’re talking about everything from a computer being able to read a handwritten document like an OCR reader to a robot performing complex surgery on its own even to a massive database categorizing your personality based on what you’ve written and looked at online. Because the world of AI is so incredibly large let’s take a look at some most of the groundbreaking developments we expect to see in the very near future and whether that’s a step forward or backward for society. 

Future of AI

First and foremost AI systems are already primed to take over thousands if not millions of job. Any job that consists of a human taking down information from other humans and inputting it into the system is likely to go obsolete. So cashiers receptionists telemarketers and bank tellers are all on their way out as self-driving cars, self operating drones and other conveyors from A to B get more complex will also lose jobs like truck drivers, postal workers, courier services and even pizza delivery. Factories are also becoming fully automated so our car washes and movie theaters even my job as a journalist is threatened by rapidly improving news algorithms that can gather information and deliver it faster and more accurately but as society changes to accommodate in all machine service world it will also open up new jobs for the next generation writing, software repairing, maintaining robots and developing new and better systems. Most notably machines are also primed to take over dangerous jobs like firefighting, deep-see oil drilling construction, mining etc. and all other careers with high mortality rates and will be replaced by machines that can’t get sick and hurt. 

We don’t know what an AI workforce will look like yet but many economist believe that the world might be a brighter and more rewarding place with machines taking over the more dull and hazardous jobs. As we develop better AI we’re discovering that it cannot just replace human labor but also thinks in ways that human can, algorithm can monitor and process massive amount of information and make conclusions based on patterns in that data are poised to change every avenue of society. Starting from something small like optimizing traffic patterns over time to figure out the best routes to take and how to fix roads and rebuild highways. All the ways to something much more serious like monitoring epidemics and disease and stopping them before they spread. Machine learning has even shown to analyze human behavior and predict warning signs but recognizing common language used by people like sexual predators or terrorists and alerting law enforcement to take actions, then again same technology can be used to track down political dissidents or serve fake news to vulnerable people while blocking out competing opinions and information. 

Just a few tech monopolies control the latest breakthroughs in data collecting, processing, analyzing and while we may hope that artificial intelligence will help advance our society it may just end up working to benefit the tech industry and only those who can afford to take advantage of cheaper smarter human replacements may be to the detriment of the society but for now we just don’t know what the future of artificial intelligence (AI) will holds. 

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