In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) technology has evolved at a remarkable rate. From facial recognition to store recommendations, AI has become commonplace in our daily lives. And with the development of chatbots, AI has even found its way into our conversations.
But the ability of chatbots to understand natural language and respond in appropriate ways has caused a wave of panic among some people. Last year, a highly advanced know-it-all chatbot created a stir when it apparently tricked an engineer into believing that it was sentient. The idea of machines becoming self-aware is enough to make anyone uncomfortable, and many have been worried about the impact it could have on employment opportunities and the future of the economy.
This is not the only instance of AI causing alarm. With the help of bots, cheating has become easier and much more of a concern in schools and universities. For instance, some students have used chatbots as “study buddies” to answer test questions in classes. Furthermore, some artificial intelligence systems have also proven to be better at certain subjects than their human counterparts, leading to fears that successful academic careers could be threatened by the rise of AI.
The worry surrounding artificial intelligence is understandable, but we must also be aware of the potential benefits AI brings. Not only can AI technology help us to automate mundane tasks and reduce administrative costs, but it could also help us to identify and respond to potential threats more quickly.
What’s more, with regulations and ethical considerations, we can control how AI technology is used, to prevent it from doing harm. If governments, businesses, and citizens work together and make sure that artificial intelligence is beyond reproach, we can benefit from its potential while ensuring that our safety and prosperity are not compromised.