Today, the main role of artificial intelligence (AI) is to improve our daily lives. AI can considerably enhance the quality of labor and can augment efficiency in many situations. However, if AI surpasses humanity in general intelligence (The ability to develop skills and solve problems at a human level), it could become difficult or even impossible to keep up. Over the next five years, AI may potentially replace 50% of all human work, resulting in a mass loss of jobs.
What are the dangers of AI?
The Covid-19 pandemic also took a huge toll on job losses, where over 115 million people lost their jobs. Meanwhile, artificial intelligence is only accelerating this process by outperforming humans at their own careers. AI works by processing multiple forms of data through fast and intelligent algorithms. This allows the system to learn independently from features discovered in the data. If artificial intelligence continues to develop itself, it would cause extensive changes to humanity. Society will take advantage of the damaging benefits directly through the usage of AI. For example, people will be capable of using the internet to access almost any service, which exhibits artificial intelligence’s economic advantage. Further developing AI will result in increased unemployment and income inequality.
How do algorithms impact AI?
Artificial intelligence uses algorithms such as machine learning to structure data. The threats of AI algorithms are algorithmic bias and dangerous feedback loops, meaning that data may reflect assumptions made during the algorithm development. For example, associating low income with higher crime rates. They are capable of impacting all areas of daily life, from the economy, social interactions, and even the criminal justice system. Companies such as Netflix or YouTube use AI to satisfy the consumer demand on their platform. Data is collected based on what they’ve watched in the past. This information provides users with a recommended list corresponding from the media they’ve previously encountered.
In summary, although artificial intelligence holds great impact on our society, it’s not always for the better. While AI brings ease to our daily lives, it is also starting to replace humanity. In my opinion, artificial intelligence could create a high demand for more job opportunities, instead of eliminating them. Human supervision is necessary to manage and maintain AI at its best.