The integration of Artificial intelligence (AI) into almost every technological tool could be said to have crept up into our society. While those well interested in this robust tool of intelligence were earnestly expecting wide adoption, the layman was shocked by this new technology. Dating back to the 1300’s AI did not just pop up from out of space to become part of our society, rather, it has been a complex form of technology that scientists have been consistently working on to simplify.
AI is not the trend, its simplicity is. Over the decade several products powered by AI tools were invented. IBM had the Deep Blue chess system, Honda developed ASIMO, Google fine-tuned the self-driving car, and its voice recognition software, Apple with Siri and many other sophisticated AI-integrated tech tools. Yet, it seemed that society did not expect a technology so farfetched now easily available.
It all started with a little publicity push in late 2022. This new software was going to finally take over human jobs, at least that was the gossip. The software was easily accessible in a chat, superintelligent, and could provide answers to any question. Chatgpt was the trend, not just for tech companies and startups, but for everyone including college students and freelancers. This model of AI was developed to offer interactive conversation providing answers to complex questions, therefore creating content and providing solutions in all sectors.
Although its recent model is new, Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPT) is not. Chatgpt being model 4 of 4 could be traced back to 2018 as an OpenAI line of products. GPT has truly achieved OpenAI’s mission to make AI easily accessible to humanity.
After OpenAI’s GPT model 4 took society by surprise other tech companies went back to the drawing board to either build their version or keep up with GPT’s services as a result we have AI in almost everything.
Tech, Human, AI.
There has always been a bittersweet experience in the relationship between the human race and technology. The advent of technology right from the invention of simple tech tools had come with the promise of ease. The thought that humans can do simple or complex activities easier and faster drove the adoption of various forms of technology in different sectors. Without denial, technology has continually delivered its side of the bargain over the centuries.
Humans on the other hand are known to take things a inch further. Our adoption of technology came with an improved pattern of life. Infrastructures, transportation, healthcare etc have been improved with the use of technology. Ecosystems and business empires have been erected by the advent of technology, regardless, the definition of “misuse of technology” exists. With all the good derived from technology, the ability to misuse it is possible. Its accessibility in almost everything has created a significant amount of cons. Cyber insecurity, leaked security, phishing and many more are results of the negative use of technology. With the amazing potential AI seems to possess, is its integration with almost all technology tools the best approach?
Many startups and tech companies are now partnering with AI companies or acquiring them. This seems like a means to stay in vogue rather than a means to provide solutions. The innovations are also similar as none of the integrations would only dare to have unique features.
Integration of AI is occurring on several creativity platforms, social mediums, entertainment platforms, and new mobile apps
It is important to understand that the potential of AI goes beyond the trends and who has the most users. Its simplicity and easy accessibility has made it possible to provide realistic solutions to daily challenges. Yet several Chatgpt looks alike have sprung up, creating redundant innovations with short lifespans.
Potentials and Threats.
AI's simplicity, accessibility and wide integration have come with tangible potential. Infrastructure development, talent maturation, and accuracy of information and skills are just a few of the benefits that can be maximized via AI. Many mission-focused startups have expanded its potentials. A few are integrating it into healthcare solutions, edtech platforms, logistics and many more. These are bright ideas that can develop our communities.
AI threat on the other hand is not farfetched. What makes this more important is the fact that the need to regulate the use of AI has not been fully adopted. Without regulation in place, issues such as lack of content originality, ethics displacement, job loss, the concentration of power and more are not controlled. Africa alone has over 2,400 AI-based organizations, and services are available to anyone willing to access it. No regulation is in place.
The power of any form of technology should not be undermined when the well-being of individuals and society is on the line. Continuous easy accessibility to AI will not only stand as a potential threat but a devaluation of the technology itself. It is best if its uniqueness is retained and impactful solutions are generated from there than to have its water away.
Yet, what’s your view? Should AI be integrated into every platform, yay or nay? Let me know in the comment section.