Welcome To The Future With AI
Since the 1950s, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has foreshadowed a giant leap in progress for humans. As AI becomes ubiquitous, everyday individuals and businesses are relying on the power of computer intelligence to transform lives. This development has redefined society and encouraged innovation only to find that a glimpse into the future is not without consequence. Science fiction and popular culture have created a myth surrounding the proliferation of AI with films such as Ex Machina, Transcendence, and Her. These films portray the dark side of AI overpowering human consciousness and serve as a cautionary tale for scientific progress.
The evolution of AI also raises concerns about the ethics of the technology especially when it comes to industries such as medicine and politics. Should there be strict governance on the use of AI? If so, as humans can we accurately assess the risks versus the benefits of incorporating AI into our lives? How do advances in AI affect what it means to be human in the 21st century? These are questions that need to be answered as we witness the improvements AI has afforded us in quality of life.
What The Future Looks Like With AI
AI has given rise to precision medicine that is customized based on a person’s genetics, environment, and lifestyle to prevent and treat disease. AI has made treatments more affordable, accessible, and accurate through digital therapeutics and custom-designed drugs. For humans, this is helping improve quality of life and access to healthcare.
Tesla has pioneered the market of driverless cars. It is estimated by 2035 that 70% of cars on the road will be autonomous. This projection also includes a dramatic decline in fatal car accidents that are caused by human error. Advancements in AI are making roads safer and cars more efficient across the globe.
AI virtual assistants such as Siri and Alexa use natural language processing (NLP) to help make human lives easier. The trend of voice technology is going to take off, even more, when virtual assistants are connected to robots in the future.
This is truly a wave from the future where brain-machine interfaces can augment human intelligence. Such a capability will allow humans to solve many medical problems that remain without a solution to date. Diagnoses such as blindness, anxiety, and addiction could become history as the science of implantable reprograms human biology. One of the pioneers of researching and developing implantables is Elon Musk’s company, Neuralink, which has enabled a monkey to play a game using his thoughts. If these are the future capabilities of monkeys, just imagine what humans are going to be able to achieve with enhanced cognition capabilities.
The adoption of AI into the everyday lives of individuals and businesses is making humans hopeful about the future. AI can be considered one of the greatest leaps of human progress in recent generations. Once driverless cars and virtual assistants become a reality of everyday life rather than an exception, humans will need to establish ethics and governance for AI. It is a bright promise of the future, the fact that AI can augment human intelligence to achieve things that were once science fiction.