How Artificial Intelligence Can Be Your Friend

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Much has been said about artificial intelligence or AI. Often people have talked about AI in a very fearful way as something with catastrophic and apocalyptic consequences. Even highly regarded people like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawkings have warned of the potential dangers when AI becomes highly developed and sophisticated. There is no question that AI will develop exponentially and become an enormous industry. It will greatly augment other industries and increase their productivity in unprecedented ways.

 

What about when AI becomes more sophisticated than humans?

One of the hot topics surrounding AI and the main cause of most people’s concern is, what happens when AI becomes more sophisticated than humans? Most people view such a situation as a threat to humanity and there are perfectly legitimate and rational arguments as to how AI can be a real danger to the human race. But let’s look at AI and it’s potential in a more exciting and positive way. This is a technology, which has the power to change our lives and make our lives better and less gruelling. Already there exists different kinds of AI such as the electronic calculator, speech and image recognition, or the algorithms designed for automatic language translation, spelling and grammar corrections, and the ones Facebook and Amazon use to create our daily news feeds and recommendations respectively etc. The Siri function on your iPhone is a very embryonic form of the type of AI, which will grow and develop at an exponential rate. At some point in the future this kind of AI bot will be your 24/7 multi task virtual assistant, which you’ll be able to have intelligent two way conversations with about virtually (no pun intended!) anything. Based on all your digital data and spoken words, it will help you make all your decisions for you. This virtual assistant bot will help you with all kinds of issues whether they are legal and financial queries, relationship problems and generally try to help you to organise your life and make it more efficient and productive. A SMART Life!

 

Job automation

People fear that AI will speed up the process of job automation and eventually make all jobs obsolete. This will happen yet it will happen to all Industrial Age, repetitive jobs with little to no creativity. Instead of being fearful, people should be happy. I mean do people enjoy repetitive, humdrum and uninspiring jobs? In our current culture there is this incomprehensible and irrational obsession with work; but work of an often soul destroying kind and not work that people enjoy and which can benefit and change society. AI will eventually automate all forms of repetitive and uncreative work and in the future people will be working far fewer hours.

 

A Post-Work society and why our creativity and ideas will be king

AI in the distant future will likely lead to a kind of Post-Work society. Yet in these times people will be finally free from monotonous work and will likely be engaging and harnessing their creativity and ideas in doing something they love. Rather than being a threat, AI will be an indispensable and invaluable resource, which will augment, complement and greatly benefit our levels of creativity and ideas and help us to realise with the best results whatever we want to achieve. AI will greatly enhance our creativity and generation of ideas and help us to tap into them in unimaginable ways. And best of all, it all most likely be free. No need to set aside money for expensive lawyers, financial advisors, planners and accountants. Or even software developers and digital data analysts and marketers. AI will be able to serve you in all these areas at no cost.

 

By Nicholas Peart

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The rise of AI in education

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Far into the future, you may not even need to attend an onsite location to receive your education. “Susie” will be assigned to you and guide you through your study journey. This may sound daunting to many but actually this is something quite amazing for all future learners.

Susie, as mentioned above, is a powered and programmed bot with emotional intelligence capabilities. This is a virtual teacher. One which you can potentially have a two-way conversation with.

 

How can AI benefit future education?

Education today has moved away from the focus of empowering and bettering students. Instead, its learners are being churned out like cogs in machines.

We are taught predominately facts rather than skills that we ultimately need.

Many of us are pushed in certain directions and get left behind. I believe that artificial intelligence will reinforce the importance of learning and how everyone can benefit from it.

 

Catering for different types of learners

We do not all learn the same way which is not bad, but for many educational institutions they have struggled to fulfil the needs of these different learners. I am referring to learning via visual, reading, spatial and auditory. Since being unable to help them, these students feel incapable and useless. AI will ensure that no student will encounter any of these feelings. The virtual teacher will work alongside the student and will tap into what exactly the student needs.

 

No more “special needs” schools

Roll over special schools, the latest technology will completely eradicate the purpose of these institutions. No longer will a child need to be pulled out of mainstream education. Virtual education will be able to cater for everyone. Who said these learners were never capable of really excelling academically?

 

Limiting social prejudice

Our society today places a tremendous pressure on students to study particular courses which will lead to the best universities. This causes competition for people to be in the best classes or they miss out. Is this the way education should be? AI will make education fairer and give everyone an opportunity to succeed the best way.

 

Equality made possible

As I mentioned in the above paragraph, education must not be boxed in and only offer opportunities to people at certain periods of time. There must be a gateway to those who do achieve when they are ready. This is why we must have equality and the technology will assist with making this possible.

 

Encouragement and empowerment

Suzie will operate on demand and help students to stay on track. She will never demotivate. One of the many reasons why people do not succeed is due to a lack of confidence. Many young people feel a disconnect between themselves and their teachers. This comes down to the fact that these teachers have not been empowered during their own experiences. It’s inevitable that these feelings can be filtered down.

In order to help the next generation, we must make sure that a great deal of encouragement and inspiration is transferred.

 

Say goodbye to bullying and hello to harmony

Our educational structure makes it more likely for students to be singled out and ostracised, which in a way makes way for bullying. Virtual teachers can be used from anywhere removing the need for children to be at school. This can in turn reduce the possibility of unkind behaviour. If this can successfully be achieved via virtual teachers, then it will make learning more enjoyable. The children who are under constant bickering actually end up turning their backs on education.

The future of education can be very promising if we find ways around making it more encouraging and beneficial to others.

 

Caroline Peart

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