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Friday, April 7, 2023

The Dark Side of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence, the jack of all trades has casted a shadow over the human race through its sophistication and superintelligence. Many experts argue that AI is not a threat to humans as it is not capable of exhibiting human feelings and emotions such as sadness, happiness, love, anger or hate etc. But some have also pinpointed the potential downside of AI to which we all must give a thought. Let's discuss them in detail.

1. Joblessness

Tasks are increasingly depending on AI powered machines. Automation has thus become a concern for employees working in various industries such as marketing, healthcare, supply chain, manufacturing etc. Around 85 million people are expected to lose jobs between 2020 to 2025 as more and more AI machines are taking charge and becoming smarter and dexterous with time. This means fewer humans will be needed in future to perform tasks. Even professions such as law and medicine are at huge risk. Some say that it will soon replace the corporate attorneys and will deliver the best possible contract to achieve the desirable outcome without missing anything. 

2. Social manipulation

Among one of the potential dangers of AI is the spread of fake and unreliable information. Many public figures such as politicians depend on social media platforms to express their point of view. The technology has allowed people to replace the face of an individual in a picture or a video with another which is ethically wrong. This has given rise to abuse and propaganda. Tiktok app relies on AI algorithms which cannot filter out harmful, misleading and inaccurate content. Thus, one of the pressing issues is that it cannot protect its users from misleading media.

3. Biases

Human beings are intrinsically biased. The majority of AI creators and researchers are male who come from various socioeconomic, racial and demographic backgrounds so inadvertently racial and gender biases creeps in. This often happens when you command ChatGPT to write an article. So they have to be careful and avoid biases and prejudice approaches that can harm the minorities. AI developers have limited experience which is evident from the fact that the speech recognition features often fail to comprehend some accents and dialects.

4. Social surveillance

Privacy and security will reach another level with AI technology. One major example is China that is incorporating facial recognition technology everywhere for example in schools, offices and other important places. This means that the Chinese government will now be able to track not just a person's movement but also their activities i.e. where crime is likely to occur, individual’s views regarding politics or religion and even their relationships.  

5. Ethical concerns and the rise of autonomous weapons

People are increasingly relying on conversational AI tools such as ChatGPT for the purpose of writing assignments. This is a major hindrance in the path of creativity and will affect academic integrity. Many countries are investing in AI powered autonomous weapons pushing the world towards a global arms race. When such weapons fall into the hands of cyber attackers it can be very dangerous for the society as they will misuse them.

There are a number of activities in which Artificial Intelligence has served us but a lot of regulation is needed in order to get maximum benefit from it.



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