In one way or another artificial intelligence (AI) has come to impact every facet of reality. While it is still machine learning at the forefront since we are far off from sentient machines, artificial intelligence is becoming more and more predominant especially in tech companies. What the future holds is still impossible to predict, but the pace at which AI is evolving should leave the global community wondering where this technology might take us. Even a 5 years plan may not be 100% certain. Today we’ll be discussing some of the trends that come in the discussion involving Artificial intelligence.
Autonomous vehicles become a question of “who” and “when”
The global COVID-19 pandemic impacted industries globally and has slowed down the implementation of autonomous vehicles, but that does not mean this autonomous trend is going anywhere. With Uber and Tesla pioneering the changes in autonomous AI driving, both the Western and Eastern world will sooner rather than later have to face it as an alternative to our current normality in terms of driving. There are questions in regards, to how well can an AI-controlled vehicle performs on average to an experienced driver and how well will it, but there are definite upsides to this technology if handled and regulated carefully. For example, in its 2017 report, the US Department of Transportation presented that 63.3% of the $1,139 billion of shipped goods were done via roads. If we were to add the AI autonomous driving as a variable, who knows what numbers would we see? Maybe humans wouldn’t need to drive long and tiresome hours to deliver a good. Maybe AI will enable us to take a back seat and be responsible for supervising the delivery at the destination while enjoying the ride in a vehicle’s cabin, stress-free. On the other hand, what if this leads to the loss of jobs and replacement of the human workforce in the logistics and transportation industry. These impacts on the labor force and driving safety, create a solid ground for debates that will impact all strata of society, from laws to individuals. What does it mean for traffic safety and would you consider trusting your life on the road to an autonomous vehicle?
Deep fakes – global consequences
We are literally navigating a “fake news” filled world. Especially with algorithms enforcing our biases and opinions a lot of people’s realities change. Just observe the tribal division in conversations that come in absolutistic support of an idea based on sources of information a person uses. Now spice this up with real-life faces attached to some dummies that are able to replicate and mimic a real-life person. Looking at you Mona Lisa. This level of AI technology can have unforeseen consequences on global geopolitical dynamics. Even when talking about the entertainment industry changes are taking place. For example. Netflix released the Irishman, a great movie that uses some highly complex CGI de-aging technology. It has impacted the budget of the film significantly. Compare the result of this technology to what a Youtuber by the name of iFake managed to do with simple deep-fake software, in just 7 days. This could lead to changes in the way experiences cinema. It remains to be seen how studios, advertisers, and individuals will handle this ever-evolving tech. Is AI going to be the next big global star?
AI will make healthcare more accurate
Now imagine, what if AI will be able to synthesize and understand the inner working of our individual’s genetics, health issues and provide diagnostics that will be able not only to find the best treatment but prevent problems it all together. In terms of healthcare AI can work with algorithms to approximate conclusions about our health-related issues, perhaps better than doctors. The Israeli historian and author of the best-selling books Sapiens and 21 lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Harari brings about ideas that AI, biotech and healthcare is not a good or bad dichotomy, but rather what do we as humans do with the knowledge and tech at our disposal. Will we use AI to help cure and diagnose diseases, make it accessible, or will it become a tool governments use to have access to our biometric data. Imagine having all of your healthcare data, at the tips of fingers on your smartphone, that tracks your heart rate and temperature in real-time. Further still, how about AI-controlled lasers performing pinpoint accurate surgeries on a patient’s eye. The possibilities are basically limitless the cost of our privacy?
More and more personalization will take place in real-time
This comes hand in hand with data protection and targeted advertising. Now is it necessarily a bad thing that algorithms frame us as consumers and sometimes provide us with things we don’t think we actually need. Conversations in real-time, between two friends, become a potential targeted add strategy if you believe that phones are listening to our voice patterns. The thing is human beings, are more than complex data machines, but what if AI personalization, can “hack” our feelings. Is personalization going to be a way for us to have more free decision-making reign, or will this abundance of data make us more robotic as individuals in terms of needs and wants? Via machine learning and AI that access to our internet profiles (blogs, comments, social media posts), marketing, and advertisement companies get to know what brands connect with us on a personal level while helping us discover products we could really use.
AI will become ever more present in cybersecurity
There is a reason why companies go that extra mile for enhanced security. VPN and antiviruses are only and proxies are only the tip of the security iceberg. While still predominant by machine learning, AI is covering lots of ground, really fast in the cybersecurity field. To combat threats from hackers in real-time, our AI-empowered protectors can be that extra wall that keeps computers and organizations out of harm’s way. Cisco one of the more renowned companies in the field have statistics that come in support of the new era for AI in cybersecurity. While still being a few years off before becoming the main security tool, sentient computer operators will be a major factor in defining who will win the AI competition in the upcoming years
Overall, artificial intelligence has the ability to reshape and redefine the way we live and work. The overall trend is that we should expect more and more AI-enabled solutions in the workplace. What leaders, regulators, and corporations will do as more access is given to Ai tools is something that is simply impossible to predict. What I think is relevant is how people from all walks of life treat it on a personal level treat and access the rising tide. Is our life going to be defined by AI overlords, will we find a way to empower our lives, there are as many questions as there are lines of code behind each AI operated machine.