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Artificial Intelligence: Limitless Potential At What Cost? (Brandon Nguyen)

By: Brandon Nguyen

One of the most upcoming technological innovations is the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with over 61% of businesses implementing it and a growth of 60% in just the past year (Bughin). It is the establishment of computers being able to conduct themselves without the contribution from a human and use its own neural network to draw conclusions. There has been an abundance of controversy on the topic because there are significant benefits, yet numerous detriments.

A large example of AI being implemented today is in self-driving cars. In the US, there are 61 million adults living with disability, essentially one in every four adults (Disability Impacts All of Us). Self-driving cars give these adults a method of travel without the need of assistance and help them establish their independence. Basic tasks that we do in our everyday lives can become much easier with the help of AI and jobs such as driving, computing, and manufacturing can all be completed more efficiently and cost effectively.

On the contrary, there are detrimental outcomes and many of today’s most brilliant minds like Elon Musk describe it as “humanity’s biggest existential threat” (Piper). In essence, a major fear is how much it can take control and what that entails for the world as it begins to think and act on its own. Looking financially, Mckinsey notes that the leaders of AI adoption could expect “significant economic benefits” because of its “potential to deliver additional global economic activity of 13 trillion dollars by 2030” (Bughin). However, the impact of taking jobs from low-wage, developing companies and replacing them with machines could harm their global economy and place them even further behind, in result increasing the gap between developed and developing countries. 

AI would impact our everyday lives, as we would begin to see many of our daily jobs begin to be conducted by machines. As it continues to expand, only specialized jobs, which require high analytical skills and advanced thinking would maintain human employment. It will change how we live, work, and play as our interactions would become less interpersonal and more AI based, with it being a forefront of future progression and development.

Sources:

Bughin, Jacque, et al. “Notes from the AI Frontier: Modeling the Impact of AI on the World Economy.” McKinsey & Company, Sept. 2018, www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/artificial-intelligence/notes-from-the-ai-frontier-modeling-the-impact-of-ai-on-the-world-economy.

“Disability Impacts All of Us Infographic | CDC.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/infographic-disability-impacts-all.html.

Piper, Kelsey. “Why Elon Musk Fears Artificial Intelligence.” Vox, Vox, 2 Nov. 2018, www.vox.com/future-perfect/2018/11/2/18053418/elon-musk-artificial-intelligence-google-deepmind-openai.

Rayome, Alison DeNisco. “61% Of Businesses Have Already Implemented AI.” TechRepublic, 17 Jan. 2018, www.techrepublic.com/article/61-of-businesses-have-already-implemented-ai/.

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