In the long term, technology can either benefit or hurt humanity. AI machines could ‘control humans’ and make decisions for us if we don’t act now, experts warn.
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Experts have cautioned that technology may be too prevalent in today’s environment and could interfere with our ability to make decisions.
Most people have already used an AI-powered device by this point because technology is now prevalent everywhere, reports The US Sun.
This might resemble telling Apple’s Siri to monitor the weather or asking Amazon’s Alexa to setup a timer for you.
AI is producing code or solving difficult physics problems for scientists in more advanced settings.
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However, other experts worry that this broad use of technology could undermine our capacity for independent thought.
Maria Britton, the CEO of Trade Show Labs, told The Sun: “Technology is increasingly pervading almost every aspect of our lives, from how we stay connected with loved ones, to how we pursue banking transactions to how we learn and work
“Our growing dependence on technology has rendered us unable to make decisions without having access to it.
“We are now so reliant on technology that it shapes our behavior, both in abstract issues like beliefs and values, as well as more tangible aspects like communication habits. Ignoring the power of technology in our daily lives would be impossible these days.”
Many other tech professionals, who think that technology is influencing our judgments, echo Britton’s concerns.
“We must ensure that artificial intelligence systems are used ethically and that their development does not lead to a ‘takeover’ of human decision-making processes,” said Greven Carl Manuel from EmojiSprout.
“We must also remain mindful of how technology can dictate our lives — through online surveillance technologies, for instance — and take steps to protect citizens’ privacy when appropriate.”
Other experts, who recognize that technology influences our judgments, continue to look for the good in it.
“We have technology in the palm of our hands, literally, and we use it to make everyday decisions,” said Walter Lappert, Founder and President of Triad Drones.
“Technology isn’t going anywhere and I’m excited to see how it continues to advance in the future.”
Similarly, Abdul Rahim, an IT professional and the founder and CEO of Software Test Tips said: “Technology has enabled us to harness the power of data and improve decision-making, allowing us to make decisions based on analytics and trends rather than guesswork or intuition.”
Rahim acknowledged the issues raised by technology development, but said that “it’s not a solution in and of itself.”
“As with all aspects of life, technology must be used responsibly and with consideration for potential pitfalls, such as privacy breaches, data manipulation, and algorithm bias,” Rahin noted.
Overall, experts tend to agree with Rahin’s assertion that, in the long term, technology can either benefit or hurt humanity.
“Technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) have the potential to revolutionize many aspects of our lives, but they also bring with them a number of ethical challenges,” said Ben Tibbits, Managing Director at Broadband Deals.
This view was shared by Brandon Mackie, Co-Founder & CRO of Pickleheads, who told The Sun: “I think it’s important to remember that AI is just a tool, and it’s up to humans to determine how it’s used.
According to a retired professor of computer science at Oregon State University today’s large neural network artificial intelligence are already slightly conscious.
“While AI has the potential to automate certain tasks and make certain processes more efficient, I don’t think it’s realistic to imagine a future where AI completely takes over.
“Ultimately, I think the key is to strike a balance and use technology in a responsible and ethical way that benefits society as a whole.”