Expectations on the Emergence of AI

By Carter Cormier

Artificial Intelligence. The craze that’s razed the world. Some call it a tool, some a weapon, and others a revolution. AI, in reality, is all three. Artificial intelligence has limitless possibilities in the hands of those who wield it. Possibilities that people today may only attempt to imagine. In due time, these possibilities will blossom into a completely changed world, with no jobs untouched by this revolution. And although the world will change, it does not mean people will lose their jobs to AI, only they will learn to work with it. Alongside it.

People must learn to utilize this tool, as it evolves and adapts to human civilization. For example, take the court of law. In the future, AI will not remove the need for lawyers, and their ability to construct arguments. It will merely remove the need for memorizing the code of law. Lawyers will still be needed to guide arguments and work alongside artificial intelligence to and act as a sort of scaffold for the AI. People still need to go to court and articulate the arguments. They still must convince a judge of their views. In short, humans will have a steady spot in the workforce, despite the emergence of AI.

Law is merely a single example of the effects of AI. Inevitably, it will change the way the world operates. Teachers will use it to design their yearly plans. They will use intelligence to address certain students in the way that they best learn. Words can transform into pictures with the click of a button. And vice versa. Learning in and of itself with change. With the development of an increasingly accessible vault of knowledge, memorization will become virtually obsolete. Critical thinking, the decisions that can be made with this vault of knowledge, will be emphasized as the world develops with AI. When writing code, memorizing Python or Java will become less important. Knowing what prompts to give AI, and which direction to take the software will replace the need to write all the code oneself. 

Although undeniably a tool that will greatly improve the world, we must also recognize artificial intelligence’s ability to be used as a weapon and furthermore as a tool to combat such a weapon. Misinformation being the key word. With the emergence of software that can produce any idea that a person hopes to render, fake news and its creation will be all the easier to spread. Those currently affected by misinformation and the spread of fake news will be further pushed into this unfortunate rabbit hole. If I am told that COVID is fake, that it was a hoax created by the government, then AI will make it much easier to back up this falsified information. Now this does not mean that the emergence of AI-backed misinformation cannot be remedied or fixed. AI itself is the solution. Journalists, writers, and developers can create detection software, based on artificial intelligence, to review online activity and determine whether it is true or fake info.

Nonetheless, whether it is the ever-changing job market or the dangers of misinformation, AI will inevitably alter the way that we perceive the world and its many operations.