Two-faced Beauty of Artificial Intelligence

by Kyle Andrew Abello || Photo Credit: Simplilearn

     “OK, Google, open”

     Anyone who owns a device, whether it be a smartphone or a laptop, has likely already come across or is familiar with the likes of voice recognition interfaces, such as Google Assistant, Cortana, Siri, or Alexa. One might consider them as the voices of the device, while others might see them as the beings that man the device they’re using. Either way, these are digital assistants powered by Artificial Intelligence.

     “Cortana, what is Artificial Intelligence?”

     According to Britannica, Artificial Intelligence, also known as AI, is the ability of a digital computer or computer-controlled robot to perform tasks usually associated with intelligent beings like humans. The interfaces mentioned, such as Google Assistant, are just a part of what AI could be, as it could also be in the form of computer-controlled robots that deliver parcels, food, and more.

     AI serves to be a powerful tool society could use for numerous purposes. In theory, it is a fascinating thing that can significantly benefit humanity. While there are advantages to utilizing AI, disadvantages also exist despite its sheer beauty.

     “Siri, what are the pros and cons of AI?”

     The first obvious advantage of AI is its convenience. As mentioned, it could act as a digital assistant. Additionally, the simulations of an AI can also run 24/7, eliminating the need for workers to work long hours as it could even help with household chores. Furthermore, repetitive jobs like proofreading can be done by AI. It is also useful in minimizing human errors in tasks, solving complex problems, taking the risks for humans, and more. Essentially, AI can be advantageous for humanity in terms of convenience and assistance to mankind.

     However, despite its glamor, AI also has its disadvantages. The first and most apparent drawback would be its high cost of creation. In line with its value, it requires adequate funds for the hardware, software, and maintenance of these systems and devices. Another downside would be the effect it would have on people, making them more dependent on these devices to fulfill their tasks. Unemployment is also a heavy drawback for AI as millions would be left jobless once it replaces servers, cleaners, and others. As a matter of fact, people are so worried about AI replacing humans and taking over the world that even the late Stephen Hawking said, “I fear that AI may replace humans altogether.”

     AI certainly has its positive and negative sides. It is inevitable that the advancement in technology would continue in the future, so AI will be more integrated into society as time progresses. As AI is becoming an integral part of technology, society is taking steps to minimize the effects of its drawbacks. After all, these interfaces should benefit humanity, not damage it. 

    “Alexa, take me back to my homepage.”

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