We have already seen how artificial intelligence makes a difference in our lives. Whether it is through the use of an autonomous car, or a smart appliance, or a robotic vacuum, AI is here to stay and is very helpful. But, the question that many people are asking is, “Are we ready as a society to integrate robots into our world and effectively treat them like one of us?”
Soon artificial intelligence will be everywhere including in education, health care, security, and entertainment. A project hosted by Stanford University entitled, “Artificial Intelligence and Life in 2030” is the first product of many to come as part of the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100). Every five years the AI100 is responsible for issuing a report that evaluates the status of AI technologies and how they could potentially impact the world.
Chairperson of the AI100 Standing Committee and the Higgens Professor of Natural Sciences at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Barbara Grosz feels that we need to consider the many challenges that AI could raise and by tackling them now we can create better systems to guide their use and avoid real damage.
“We believe specialized AI applications will become both increasingly common and more useful by 2030, improving our economy and quality of life. But this technology will also create profound challenges, affect jobs and incomes and other issues that we should begin to address now to ensure that the benefits of AI are broadly shared.” states chair of the report, Peter Stone.
The report provides details of 8 different areas that are already being affected by AI and that will become more prominent by 2030. They are transportation, home/service robots, health care, entertainment, education, public safety and security, low-resource communities, and employment and the workplace. Although the report does not issue any solutions to any issues in these areas, it does make people aware of potential concerns and things to watch out for.
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