AI: Here and Now

Yama Panjshiri

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a rapidly growing field that has the potential to revolutionize the way we live and work. At its core, AI is the ability of machines to perform tasks that would normally require human intelligence, such as understanding natural language, recognizing objects in images, and making predictions based on data.

AI has the potential to bring about significant benefits to society, but it also has the potential to cause harm. One of the main concerns about AI is its potential to take over jobs that are currently done by humans. As AI becomes more advanced, it will be able to perform tasks that were previously thought to be the exclusive domain of humans, such as driving cars, writing news articles, and even conducting surgery. This could lead to widespread unemployment and economic inequality. It also poses an entirely new privacy problem, as everything is now recorded and taped.

AI can cause the human race as a whole to be extremely lazy and give people reasons to not exercise their brains. An example of this is ChatGPT. ChatGPT is a powerful language generation model developed by OpenAI. It is capable of understanding and generating human-like text, making it useful for a wide range of applications such as chatbots, language translation, and language summarization. With this system, ChatGTP opens the door for new advancements in AI and ground-breaking technology. Being able to have a website scavenge the web for information and piece together entirely new articles, poems, and essays in different styles of writing is amazing and extremely impressive. On top of that, it gives advice to the user and information about previous events. However, this also takes another step toward the laziness of the human race. What used to take hours of research can now be achieved in the time it takes to type out a sentence. A lot of people can argue that this is a positive thing, but I say otherwise. Being able to learn by doing research and coming up with ideas on your own is what makes us human and helps us exercise our brains. Now that a computer can just do it for you, it seems less and less likely that we will be regularly exercising our brains.

Neuralink is one such company. Neuralink is a neurotechnology company founded by Elon Musk in 2016 with the goal of developing implantable brain-machine interfaces (BMIs). The company aims to create technology that can connect the human brain directly to a computer, allowing for the seamless transfer of information between the two. The company has developed a small, flexible “thread” that can be inserted into the brain via a hole drilled in the skull. The thread is thinner than human hair and is equipped with electrodes that can detect the electrical activity of neurons. This technology is called the Neuralink Link. While this technology serves a great purpose, how can we truly trust this device? If your brain is constantly scanned and recorded, how can you know who has access to your thoughts and another brain? This is the main dilemma with this developing product. Another problem is that we don’t know enough about the human brain to truly have this item released to the public now. “This is solid engineering, but mediocre neuroscience,” Andrew Jackson, an expert in neural interfaces at Newcastle University, said. Until the brain portion of the equation has been solved, it is unlikely that many people will jump at the opportunity to involve themselves with Neuralink.

With so many problems, many changes and fixes will have to be made for the majority of the population to support and get behind AI. Though there is high hope, I believe that it will take a good amount of time for us to refine and perfect this technology so it can be truly beneficial to our lives.