Artificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay.
The question is, will it be a force for good, or will scary visions of a future dystopian society be manifested?
Ultimately, it is up to us to decide.
How Artificial Intelligence is Already Transforming the World
Many people do not realize the extent to which artificial intelligence is already transforming businesses. AI is used to help sift through large volumes of data, organize it, and present it in ways that make sense to humans.
It is also being used to predict the future – not in a superstitious way, but as a way to mitigate threats and risks from economic changes, societal shifts, or something as mundane as the weather (which can also be quite powerful, as we have seen from Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut).
Concerns Over Misuse of Artificial Intelligence
The downsides of artificial intelligence and machine learning are also being pondered as we head towards our new technological future.
Some of the most recent concerns have to do with online censorship, as machine learning programs have been already utilized to determine what people can and cannot read on social media platforms such as Facebook.
On the opposite side, “bots” are often utilized to spam website comments or tweak Twitter feeds. These artificial bots can drown out positive voices, which is the complaint of one article on apps and bots overtaking the social media blogging platform Steemit.
Ways We Think AI Can Help People
Still, artificial intelligence can also be a force for good, if we put our minds to it. This means that we as businesses and AI developers need to focus on positive applications for the technology. Here are just some of the ways we foresee this technology making a positive difference:
1. Making Information More Accessible
“Information is power,” they say, and that has never been more true as it is today. With AI, businesses can gain information they might not have had access to before, helping them become more competitive in the marketplace.
2. Improving Medical Technology
A lot of AI development is currently being done in the medical field. Some applications include improved diagnostics as well as testing with the help of computerized “doctors” and “nurses.”
3. Streamlining the Supply Chain
Proper supply chain management is critical for any business or organization to succeed. With the help of artificial intelligence, businesses can better manage their inventory and supply chain, to make sure that shortages don’t happen at the worst times.