By Zachary Thomas, What’s the Buzz? –
humans. The video talk on YouTube is called, “The Incredible Inventions of intuitive AI” (Artificial
intelligence) by Maurice Conti.
He brought up thought-provoking questions about the future. What will autonomous driving cars make
society look like? What jobs will be displaced as computers become more advanced? What will society look
like as computers do things better than humans?
Of course, these are hypothetical queries but according to Conti, these questions and their ramifications
will arise in a given time frame of just one generation, or about 20 years.
I asked several of my friends for their reflections on the emergence of AI and how it would impact
society. I received a wide range of answers, but nothing I was expecting. Perhaps it’s because I caught them off
guard, but most of them responded with a generic sentence, “I don’t know.”
It’s interesting how many people don’t think about the future in respect to how technology changes it.
From my perspective, it seemed like most people were oblivious to the fact that technology has slowly
integrated itself into our lives without much awareness on our part.
Looking back 10 years ago, we can recall that smartphones were barely available and not to most of us.
Most people did not have a device capable of texting, calling, and connecting to the Internet.
Today, if people mention that they don’t have one, or if their phone can only call and text, they’re an
outlier. Those phones are jokingly referred to as dinosaurs. The progression of technology in just 10 years is
quite amazing. Looking back 20 years, the contrast is even greater.
I don’t think that people need to worry about automation of workplace jobs or driverless cars. New jobs
will be created in the progress of technology and new innovations will be developed for people. Driverless cars
will allow safer roads and the advent of networking will allow cars to communicate with each other.
As computers and robotics progress, people have more opportunities to be creative. This gives rise to
revolutionize the way economies work. Really, things can go only one of two ways with automation. Either one
person holds most of the power while everyone else lives in poverty, or the common economical approach is
that everyone gets a share of the pie.
With fewer outdated jobs, people will need to learn higher specialized jobs. Positions like cashiers and
truck drivers are coming to an end, and this isn’t a bad thing. Creative positions where people can realize their
full potential will come into play. More service-type careers will replace manufacturing jobs.
Looking into the future of course is theoretical, but it can also be quite fun. The world of the uncertain
can be marvelous.