APNews recently released a piece about the Bulletin of Atomic Scientist's 'Doomsday Clock' that now strikes just 90 seconds to midnight (Doomsday). Undoubtedly, the world is dealing with its fair share of crises, and one of them is Generative AI, but is that true? Let's look into it.
Modern AI has become such a prevalent feature in our lives that businesses, educational institutions, and the average person have practically adopted it into our "tools-to-function." A simple example is Apple's Siri. With more than a billion iPhone users, Apple's Siri is one of the most used and utilised forms of AI that exists today. Not only that, but banking, search browsers, and even the simple task of sending an email have some sort of AI being used to smooth the user experience while also keeping your data safe.
So, why do people perceive it as a tool that will aid in our very own destruction?
It's new, and AI is just another step in human evolution through technology. Just like the first tools—irrigation, the telephone, the steam engine, and the whole of the industrial revolution—AI is another step into a greater human existence and one that should be embraced wholeheartedly.
Undoubtedly, social media and entertainment media have had an effect on the public's outlook on AI since the 1980s, even though AI has been around since the 1950s. Movies like Terminator and 2001: A Space Odyssey have painted a bleak future of what AI could look like. Though the truth of the matter is much brighter than what those two movies make it out to be.
As AI is still in its juvenile stage, where industries are starting to embrace it more and more, and engineers are understanding its capabilities, AI has been prone to the odd malfunction, and it is to be expected as AI programmes are progressively learning.
Is there a need for AI in professional industries?
This is one of the two most frequently asked questions when it comes to the use of AI. Is there really a need for it? Do we really need AI in industries like media, law, and engineering? These are very important questions, and one that I will tackle next!