Artificial Intelligence Is About To Change Everyday Life

From the very first sci-fi flick you watched or an episode of the Jetsons, as the case may be, there has been a fascination and fear of artificial intelligence. Like the Jetsons, most predictions and expectations have been wildly over-inflated. Remember that as employers are currently struggling to find enough people to fill all of their needs, AI and automation is in the process of taking away all of the jobs, right? Anyway, there is one concern I’ve always had and will relate it to the subject. Whenever the day comes that AI is smarter and more intuitive than us, we could have problems on our hands. 

Meanwhile, MarketWatch just completed a story depicting the way AI is already impacting most aspects of our lives and a preview of what’s about to come. For example, the University of Copenhagen has created AI that has a greater than 90% accuracy rate in detecting academic cheating. Moreover, AI that enables employers to evaluate references for hiring purposes automatically now exists. Third, that same AI can provide an overall numerical rating for each job candidate based on the compatibility with the job opening. Lastly, Drexel University's AI can precisely point to where someone will break a diet or engage in unhealthy eating.

This doesn’t factor in a myriad of other AI applications, in use, including medical outcomes. The percentage of companies/organizations that currently use some form of AI is 37%. In other words, it’s not yet the norm. So, if you don’t come across it that’s why. Not that you’ll necessarily know when you do, but we’re not too far away from the time when it will be the norm. It will possibly be evaluating everything and at that point, it may just reach the point when it’s either smarter and more intuitive than us or we’ll become paranoid making our own decisions without running it through AI outcome probabilities first. I’m not sure which is worse.

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