Wednesday, October 20, 2021

AI is here: the same is not true for humanity

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It’s easy to catch yourself staring at a screen, occasionally reaching for your smartphone, and without realising it, have chosen to replace being human with “real life experience.” Last time I looked, I had no friends. Facebook just didn’t seem like much fun anymore. If I were to win at a game of Cards Against Humanity, I’d probably be lucky to survive five minutes in front of a blank screen.

Instead of social interaction, I’ve spent hours glued to my new controller-less TV, which I set up for 4K capability, because I just wanted to dive into this hyper-realistic gaming experience.

I’m no longer making meaning or imparting life wisdom.

AI is here and fast, has been since the early 2000s, and will have far-reaching effects on our future. It has already began to alter the way we live – through improvements in artificial intelligence. However, most of us have been in the dark about the actual effect AI has on us. It is beginning to exert its will on our daily lives. AI has been a long-overdue and long-researched topic. But until recently, the focus was on the negative aspects, resulting in outdated technology, such as a silent ‘drone’.

We’ve come a long way in a short amount of time. To some it seems that our consumption habits have already changed. They accept social technology as more and more natural, which has led to a shift in the body language of the individual. AI has changed our behaviour, our values, our actions and ultimately our approach to the world. And, although it has disrupted the market in the form of technology, it has inspired the need for change.

A Chinese smart fridge was recently unveiled, which can track food and carbon dioxide levels. It is attached to a security camera, and automatically adjusts settings based on using chemicals and water to remove harmful pollutants and boost sugar. The data is collected by the manufacturer and then relayed to hospitals that would benefit from such information. The AI-powered fridge is able to use artificial intelligence to monitor the amount of smoke in the air, temperature and the humidity, making it easier to decide where to put food in a particular location, or whether to return it.

In the future, humans will become addicted to screens in the same way our predecessors were addicted to paper.

It’s easy to be lulled into this version of reality. In the future, humans will become addicted to screens in the same way our predecessors were addicted to paper, and will no longer be able to interact in the same way. It is a positive thing to have robots, but we must create technology that is user-friendly, and empowers users to work around the problem.

Another consequence is that people will feel more at ease with technology, and use it to solve problems. Not only is it an opportunity to solve everyday problems, but it provides a new framework for society to build upon. It’s far from fool-proof though, as it will take a lot of research and creation before it has the full capacity.

But in the future, there will be a continuous drive for technology to change our society and develop to satisfy the needs of human beings.

For a more personal perspective, watch this video for Steven Sawalha, who recently won the Coventry Game Design Festival sponsored by SkyBiz. You can find his latest game, Dust Hole, in the App Store.

Steven Sawalha is the author of ‘Real Software’ and has recently launched a competitor to Google Assistant.

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