Human beings have a deeply engrained need to minimize challenges and make things as efficient as possible. We have progressed far outside the realm of basic survival, but these instincts remain at the forefront of our everyday lives as the driving force of innovation and development.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think and learn like humans. These machines are designed to process and analyze vast amounts of data and make decisions based on those data results.
Narrow AI exists all around us, from the computers we have programmed to do specific tasks, to the iPhones we all carry as a lifeline. Most of us have grown up around these ever-evolving systems, learning new ways to manipulate them for our gain and worrying little for how it could one day replace us.
In recent years, advancements in AI have aided in Natural Language Processing systems; this new technology does not only understand and generate human speech but can interpret and translate languages too. Its ability to generate human language, coupled with the computational power to access and apply large amount of data, allows for communication between humans and Artificial Intelligence systems.
Recent studies estimate that around 40% of jobs in the US could be automated in the next two decades due to AI system capabilities. Repetitive or routine jobs may be assigned to these new systems, such as data entry, scheduling, manufacturing, and rule-based decision making. Researchers argue that jobs requiring more creativity, critical thinking and interpersonal skills remain ‘safe’ from the potential hybrid workforce, however it is evident that even the arts cannot outrun this ever-growing technology.
Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) are a type of AI that generate new, synthetic data to resemble real data. In essence, it takes what is has learned from large datasets of images and creates something new based on patterns and other learned qualities. In the context of art, AI can process these images using algorithms and mathematical models to generate completely new pieces of computer graphics. AI is capable of style transfer as well, which is the processing of learning artistic techniques and applying them to graphic images. Through this process, users can manipulate AI in order produce automated pieces that embody hand-made art; the pieces can tell a story or evoke real emotion that AI systems don’t possess themselves.
If AI systems truly have the potential to do it all, how do humans navigate back into this hybrid workplace that is emerging?
“Intelligence is not skill itself,” said AI researcher Francois Chollet. “It’s not what you can do with it, it’s how well and how efficiently you can learn new things.”
Humans and AI systems are likely to coexist in the workplace in complimentary ways with AI taking over repetitive, predictable tasks while humans focus on tasks that require creativity, empathy, and decision-making skills. AI can assist humans in many ways, such as providing relevant information, automating routine tasks, and enabling humans to work more efficiently and effectively alongside their new technological resources.
Naturally, there are concerns regarding the potential displacement of jobs, especially those who are in those more vulnerable roles; it is important for society to proactively manage this transition period to ensure that the benefits of AI are widely distributed, and they ultimately result in a positive workplace experience.
AI technology has the potential to revolutionize life as we know it. It has taken permanent residence in work fields, educational institutions, research facilities and more, blurring the line between what is computerized and what is authentic.
Resources such as ChatGPD, ChatSonic, and other AI systems reveal a completely new dimension of discovery; we have only begun to uncover the possibilities of AI, as it seeps deeper into the cracks of our lives and turns technology as we know it on its head.
As AI is becoming increasingly widespread and integrated into various industries, those who embrace and incorporate it into their operations and strategies are more likely to thrive in the changing landscapes that are to come. Those who resist and ignore the shift towards AI systems risk being left behind and potentially losing ground to their competitors who are taking advantage of the benefits that AI offers.
Like any other good or service, AI systems will become continually more monetized as time goes on. Various industries such as healthcare, finance, retail, and more are applying its skills to enhance customer experiences and automate certain tasks. Companies that develop and provide AI services to customers can generate revenue through licensing their AI systems, selling AI products, and offering AI-powered solutions to customers. These avenues for new wealth provide tremendous growth for a company, as well as the surrounding industry.
The opportunities surrounding Artificial Intelligence systems are vast and the resources are open to get familiar with and learn how to use. AI gives you the potential to innovate in new and modern ways. It gives musicians the ability to generate a brand-new sound. It gives artists a blank canvas to create something they never have before. Teachers can use AI in the classroom for assessments and feedback to student.
As the expression goes, “Jump on the bandwagon or be left behind.” These systems are at our disposal, becoming more widespread by the day. As this technology continues to become available and accessible, those who embrace the opportunities that come with AI possess the power to innovate and develop our world.