Artificial intelligence is quickly gearing up for a bright future. While hundreds of tech enthusiasts are waiting for larger implications of this technology to benefit the society, hundreds more are sceptical about its impact. The problem with AI is that it is intimidating to many. An average non-tech person does not understand the working or implication of the system. This makes him more vulnerable to the threats posed by the system.
The question is: will AI really have a strong impact on the society?
The answer is yes. However, we still need to find what a ‘strong impact’ would mean.
The most major economic impact of AI will be cost saving for many enterprises and loss of jobs for millions of people. Studies put the figure of lost jobs at 7 million. Enterprises love the idea of AI as it is an intelligent system like humans but does not necessarily come with human errors. AI won’t take sick leaves and will certainly not be late to work. It can be used 24×7 and can be fed zillion bytes of data for analysis too. This job will be impossible for humans. Note that AI is not the machine robot you see in car factories. It is more than that- an intelligent system that can function of its own. A good side of this job impact will be lesser humans performing dangerous or life-threatening jobs.
Technological education change
AI will also help in creating 2 million new jobs which will require a differently skilled workforce. The millennials, who are already disrupting the typical work culture, could be handling this new technology. There will be new job titles and new positions in organizations that we never heard about before. Technological education, to a large extent, will now take a major shift to AI.
Did you know that AI could wipe off professionals like doctors and lawyers and replace them with its super intelligent systems and algorithms? Your healthcare may change forever. Intelligent robots can now become caretakers and decide what disease you have. They may even suggest if you need any kind of special treatment or not. Some technology innovators are also talking about creating cyborgs. It is highly likely that this futuristic technology becomes a reality soon. Note that an AI system or a caregiver robot could be able to define your susceptibility to diseases or your chances of contracting infections etc. based on your DNA. Healthcare as we know it will change forever.
AI is not only about robots and cyborgs. Artificial intelligence could also be affecting the kind of information we share with various organizations and service providers. Google is reportedly working on a new system that helps in counting ad impressions by reading your eyes. There will be devices of a new, futuristic type that can read body movements, eye movements, and even brain prints. Some claim that brain prints can be used as passwords for digital devices soon. However, sharing so much data with an AI system can cause surveillance troubles and privacy issues at well.
Artificial intelligence will undoubtedly be at the helm of technological innovations in the next 10 to 15 years. The impact of these systems is exciting but equally intimidating.