Artificial Intelligence: Good or Bad?
Artificial intelligence has been around for decades, yet it’s still not very well
understood by most people. As artificial intelligence technology continues
to advance and improve, it will become more common, and many people
wonder whether it’s good or bad for society. While it may be tempting to see
only the benefits of artificial intelligence and worry about the dangers later,
the true power of this technology lies in understanding both its potential
benefits and its potential drawbacks. This article explores the advantages and
The good news
Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way in recent years. So far, AI has
helped computers understand human speech, beat world champions at chess
, and even drive cars with minimal human supervision. And AI has also made
possible practical applications such as voice assistants, self-driving cars, and
medical robots. In fact, some experts predict that in just a few decades, nearly
all work—and possibly even shopping—will be done by robots.
The bad news
Artificial intelligence can and will destroy millions of jobs. That’s not an exaggeration.
According to a report from McKinsey, by 2030, 45% of jobs could be replaced by
automation. (35% of those will be knowledge worker jobs like accountants and lawyers,
while 30% will come from service sector jobs.) This makes sense; as AI continues to
improve, it’ll have more abilities than humans do in order to do certain tasks (such
as recognizing objects). In other words, even though we’ll be able to create AI that
has human-like dexterity, we’ll still need humans because they can recognize things.
Short Term Effects of AI
Although it’s hard to predict how things will go over a long period of time, some
people are more optimistic about AI than others. Gartner predicts that by 2020,
one in three jobs will be automated by machines. In 2017, researchers at MIT’s
Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) taught an AI
system to create its own unique renditions of photos without any human assistance.
And in 2016, Google introduced a tool that allows users to type words using their voice
rather than typing on a keyboard. Technology is still in its infancy and far from
perfect, but as it continues to evolve—and as computers become faster and more
efficient—it seems possible that systems like these could replace humans altogether.
Long Term Effects of AI
Artificial intelligence is generally considered a good thing. However, there are several
ways that AI may have long-term negative effects on society. Here are just a few ways
AI could be bad for us.