AI Tech optimists’ opinion

The good sides of AI 

Unlimited knowledge available to everyone

Here is a case study for what AI is used at the moment, for all the skeptics out there:

Claudio is a geology expert and a University professor. He lives in Italy, but he traveled all over the world in his 35 year career, studying rocks and consequently the history of Earth. Instead of writing a book, Claudio trained an AI assistant and poured everything he knows about geology into it, so his students and the future generations can benefit from his knowledge. We could say that he did write a book but then made it available through AI technology. Then imagine his entire team that he worked with, doing the same. Now add hundreds of case studies and academic works, PhD dissertations, that you can feed into this AI assistant. Add the option for this AI assistant to go and search the web and find reliable sources and within minutes cross compare all this collective knowledge and respond to any geology question. Could any human compare?

Say you are studying geology, would you like to have this AI available?

Ability for us to use this knowledge in a good way and specialise the AI assistant to suit our needs and know our expertise is a tremendous gift to the world making it possible to progress on any subject faster and better.  

In the long run, ideally the plan is for us to have more time to do CREATIVE things. 

In the future we might look back towards these decades – from the 80s until 2020s or even all the way back from the industrial revolution until today, as the time when we, the people, worked the most, together with the technology available, but were not able to fully utilise it to our benefit until AI. 

We have been talking so much about the damage of technology and what we have done wrong in this path, especially towards our planet and other living beings. Also, the non stop complaining about not being able to enjoy life because of stress, work and all the bad sides of modern life and technology might be able to stop. We already know that we are not created, as humans, to process so much information daily, from news, social media, even billboards etc and to stay healthy, open minded and relaxed. It started bothering us and getting in our way of, well, living. Quality living is now associated with “organic”, “green”, “no screen time”. Quite different from what the futuristic movies showed, right? More and more people are saying “we are sick of all the social media, ads, and the news, we want peace and quiet, birds singing, cuddling with pets and spending time with family and friends.”

Well, AI might be the turning point. If we use all our collective knowledge and channel our efforts towards creating a better future with AI, it will take over the stressful jobs and help us have our quality lives. It may also optimise the way we live daily so we stop damaging ourselves and the nature. It can influence us to make the smartest decisions about our habits, nutritions etc on a personal level, while on the level of economies and countries it can optimise our spendings, create agricultural strategies, basically decide what is best for the people, taking into account all the available data resources. 

The fear & uncertainty 

Replacing everything from car drivers to graphic designers and losing jobs are some of the biggest fears associated with AI. In the best case scenario, there will be just a “teething period”. It is up to governments to regulate these transitions, but to be realistic, some people will probably lose their jobs and they might not be able to recover from this big change. Others will lose their jobs but find themselves in something new. Ideally, people will dedicate their time towards something that AI cannot do, and that we, humans, were designed to do in the first place. And who knows where that will lead us? We might even discover what the other percentage of our brains that we are not using, can actually do (in the long run).  More and more people will find out what is unique to them, the creative side that we all have but not everyone knows about it or practices. Imagine if we could truly work on our wellbeing, find out our talents, heal our bodies and soles and connect with others. We never had time for that!

The tech optimists do think we will finally be able to do all this, instead of continuing to work “like ants”, never stopping to think, and enjoy the present time.