Though neither inherently good nor evil on its own, AI is powerful. It’s how we choose to use AI that says more about us than it does the technology. What does an AI future look like to you?
Today, China is home to an estimated 200 million surveillance cameras, about four times as many as in the United States. Scanning the faces of citizens in an effort to catch wanted criminals, police are able to identify individuals from drug smugglers to jaywalkers and collecting more information along the way. China’s invasive surveillance practices are made possible by AI technology but are guided by authoritarian and privacy-breaching policies. Not all people and governments have bad intentions when it comes to AI, and though it is sometimes manipulated into a force of evil, the impact of AI could lead to incredible good.
AI is already making, not only highly advanced, but also highly meaningful innovations. One prediction reveals that by 2021, 2.3 million jobs will be created to support further development. This calls for programmers helping AI to better understand human emotion to technology go-betweens working to make AI available to business leaders. Machine learning technology tackles pharmaceuticals in order to customize treatments on a personal level. Moves from Microsoft and Google are respectively developing AI tech to assist with blind and deaf individuals, opening new doors for accessibility. Even on an environmental scale, AI-gathered data can help us better understand global environmental impact and reduce wasted fuel, energy, water, and food.
AI certainly can be a dangerous technology when influenced with evil intentions – and it’s our responsibility to use it as a force for good. The future of AI is up to us – take a look at this infographic for more on the rise of AI and what it means for governments, businesses, and individuals.