How artificial intelligence can make our world better
The rapid improvement of AI systems has sent a rush of panic through society for a variety of different reasons. Given all this bad PR, perhaps it’s time to instead look at the wonderful things this technology has to offer us.
Ask the internet about the evils and dangers of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and you’ll find no shortage of conspiracies coated with themes of impending doom and world-ending global catastrophe.
The primary worries range from the common idea that AI will replace all of our jobs to it eventually taking over the world. While fears of the unknown are valid, these fatalistic theories omit a key principle: human beings are the ones programming this novel tech.
Due to that fact, we have the power to ensure that AI doesn’t become an enemy of our own creation. Instead, programmers can arm AI with technical capabilities that humans suck at and are needed to make our world better.
Let’s look at some of the ways Artificial Intelligence can be integrated into our careers, social and health sectors, and even political parties.
Rather than taking our jobs and making them redundant, AI can help us get ahead by streamlining our roles and making them more efficient.
When it comes to looking at huge data sets, AI can help consultants and tech workers sort and extract information more quickly. It can also help us identify crucial information according to unique specifications, rather than doing this all manually.
When it comes to leaving jobs, ChatGPT can lend a hand too. One Instagram user has already asked the popular bot for help with writing a resignation letter, leading their boss to ‘thank them for the politest ‘I Quit’ e-mail they’d ever read.’
This brings us to AI’s role in the creative industry.
For writers tackling a difficult and multi-faceted piece, bots like ChatGPT can help organise important themes to touch on. It can also provide a springboard of sound reasoning for a particularly tricky argument that a writer is struggling to make.
That said, AI still lacks the individual flair, tone of voice, and personal experiences held by human writers. Though it can be trained to mimic the style of poets and authors, it lacks individuality — something that is key to making a body of work truly shine.
Meanwhile, in the art and fashion scene, the use of Midjourney has gained popularity for helping to bring imagined ideas to life.
Fashion designers looking to make use of novel materials, unique prints, and one-of-a-kind patterns can use AI image generators as a basis for inspiration. Not to mention its ability to imagine how real-world campaigns might look against the backdrop of iconic places, such as Times Square or Piccadilly Circus.
Finally, AI has been programmed to remain free from bias.
If taken seriously regarding its ability to advise on morally divisive matters, policymakers may turn to Chat GPT to help shape laws that factor in inclusivity and diversity some groups may otherwise overlook — ensuring that no one is left no one behind.
It’s already being used in healthcare to analyse X-ray images, including mammograms. This helps to support radiologists in making assessments, freeing up their time and allowing them to spend more time with patients, or to screen greater numbers of people more quickly.
In the end, it’s worth remembering that the emergence of most new technology has been met with scepticism and fear by humanity.
When the Internet became mainstream in the early 2000’s, there was a huge moral panic regarding the ‘outsourcing’ of jobs. Instead, it made information sharing across the globe easier and immediate — leading to incredible breakthroughs across all industries.
It’s clear that once we’ve gained the skills to use certain software, we can use it to make our lives easier. This is only possible if we embrace it fully, however.
Strict laws applying to the use of AI across various industries have already been put in place — and there are surely more to come. This will help to prevent the technology from being abused.
While there’s no telling how boundless AI will truly be, it’s worth acknowledging that it has only offered tangible positives so far.