Artificial workplaces, like ATM’s and that annoying automated

Artificial
intelligence is all around us in the modern world today. we are surrounded by
instances where we interact with AI even when we ourselves are unaware of it.
In fact, AI is used today in aspects of engineering, medicine, as well as in
your own home. Overall, the term artificial intelligence is very broad and can
be associated with many different things in the modern world that are useful to
society. The actions that are performed by AI are currently limited to
recognizing patterns that have been programmed in to them and being able to
give some form of output that appropriately satisfies the input. This is a very
useful tool for both corporations and the average consumer because it has the
ability to simplify many tedious tasks that could be completed simply by AI in
a more effective and efficient way. It can be utilized in your home; for
example, Amazon’s Alexa is an AI that can control aspects of your home from the
lights and the door. AI can also be used in workplaces, like ATM’s and that
annoying automated voice you might speak to when calling your service company.
All these things are great, however, in my essay, I will argue that Artificial
Intelligence is a potential danger to mankind. Although I don’t mean it in a
sci-fi movie kind of way, AI has the potential to be a very useful tool and a
very damaging one to society. It is apparent that while it has its uses, it can
potentially remove the number of human workers from workplaces, cause a societal
overreliance of AI, and well

            Artificial Intelligence can be
broken down in two main categories. The first that I will cover is conventional
AI(AI). AI is a system of artificial intelligence in which a machine is
developed through a set of algorithms that simulates learning. In conventional
systems, the machine generates patterns and outputs actions based on the given
information in the algorithm and has the ability to adapt and give different
outputs based on the set of algorithms that it received. This is the form of AI
that most individuals have already been exposed to in the world. The reason
that people have the ability to go and speak to their phones to get information
about the weather or stocks is because it is a system of AI that has been given
an algorithm that recognizes the command and react accordingly by giving you
information about that. When the information changes on the other end, such that
the weather or stocks shift, the AI is not giving you the same response with
the initial input because it has adapted accordingly based on the change in
information. AI is limited to what the algorithms that were given initially can
produce.

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            The second form of Artificial
Intelligence, known as Computational Intelligence (CI), is more complex than
conventional AI. CI is a system that works in much the opposite way that
conventional AI works. Instead of being given a set of algorithms for the
machine to work with, CI works by having a system with a simplified initial
state that begins forming outputs or algorithms that conventional AI would have
to be given. It acts with limited information, unlike AI, to produce
information.  CI is much more adaptive by
the nature of the way that it is programmed, it has the ability to create
outputs with limited and unknown knowledge and fill in the gaps by constantly
iterating new information to the given limitation. This form of AI is used more

            AI has the potential and is in the
process of removing jobs from actual humans. When AI becomes more widespread
and used more often, it is apparent that an artificial system that can produce
appropriate outputs based on a given set of inputs can easily be favored by
corporations and businesses. In the world we live in today, the amount of uses
for AI are endless and we are constantly using AI even though we might not
recognize it. You can now ask your phone for the weather or get any kind of
recent news just by asking your personal assistant on your phone. There is no
longer a need for anyone to turn on the TV, read the paper, or even search
through the internet to get any kind of information. Although it is clear that
the purpose of this is for the convenience and ability to save time by not
having to find the information by yourself, I believe it is appropriate and
responsible to look at the effects of this convenience. It is entirely possible
and apparent that by having easier access to information, there is no longer a
need for actual persons to be on a TV set to report that information. Although
to a certain degree, many companies will adapt and choose to perform the role
that is more convenient and overall more for them, the amount of people
required in that field of work would significantly drop and therefore would
cause an overall loss of jobs and work for actual humans to perform. According to Kai-Fu Lee, founder of venture capital firm
Sinovation Ventures, 50 percent of jobs will become occupied by
some form of robot or artificial intelligence in the next decade or so. The
result of this would essentially be the obsoleting of humans in the work field
and a potential economic decline that would make it more difficult for the
middle and lower class of society.

            One particular form of AI that I
wanted to touch upon in this essay was Amazon’s Alexa. Home AI is currently one
of the most targeted areas of the consumer AI market. It’s kind of a sci-fi
thing to own, it provokes a futuristic feeling in consumers that appeals well
socially. However, the effect is the constant overreliance of technology and
the need for instantaneous gratification. You might think that Alexa is one of
the best things to happen to AI. It is one of the first instances where AI is
the sole reason for buying the product. The interest comes in the ability for a
machine that you can speak to and simplify much of your life at home. If you
need to turn on or off the light, call someone, or open the door, then simply
ask Alexa. There are downsides to this convenience. For example, there is no
need to go out and get anything or do anything by yourself. You do not need to
greet the door as you can open it or speak to someone in another room through
Alexa. Although this a very nice convenience, it limits the amount face to face
human exposure and makes technology an in-between for social interaction.
Another example, there is no need for someone to speak to Alexa politely. The
way that Alexa is programmed is to take in a command and appropriately respond.
Sociologically, this poses a risk to growing and developing children who can
learn from this. Although there are large assumptions made with this statement,
I do feel that it is something worth recognizing as a potential sociological
risk.

            Although there are potential
downsides to having artificial intelligence systems being the primary median
for humans and the rest of the world. There are a lot of things that make artificial
intelligence very useful. A simple example would be having to go to the bank
and deposit money. That is something that a lot of people would find tedious both
for the actual bank and the consumer. ATM’s are very useful because they allow
you to deposit money as well as checks without the need to go to an actual
person and it can be done in a much faster amount of time. Banks these days are
now allowing checks to be deposited through taking a picture on your phone,
completely removing the need to go to the physical bank. This form of
artificial intelligence does not impact the amount of people needed to operate
a bank and makes traffic flow more easily for both for the consumer and the
bank.

            In contrast, Computational
Intelligence, to my knowledge, is filled with benefits and lacks what I would
call any valid cause for concern. CI is being used at the forefront of medicine
and engineering research. It allows for researches to be able to construct
complex models of very abstract and specific items of interest to be able to
further research on a particular topic. When researchers give CI the limited
knowledge that they do know about any particular subject, it can then fill in
the gaps by constantly iterating new information and learning new things to
increase the speed and development of different research projects. There is an
endless frontier for computational intelligence that could very well be the
reason that we solve many of the worlds current problems.

            Although people look at Artificial
Intelligence as something that may take over the world. I think it the damage
may come from the conventional side of AI rather than computational
intelligence. As opposed who what science fiction may have you believe, AI
poses a threat as a system that can replace humans and be enslaved to it. It is
entirely possible that the CI we know from science-fiction becomes a reality;
but as it stands, I believe it is much more plausible that AI has much more
adverse effects. While not destructive, I believe that the current state and
course of AI is a much more dangerous force.

            In conclusion, Artificial
Intelligence is here to stay in the modern world. You can weigh both the pros
and the cons but regardless of whether or not artificial systems are beneficial
or hazardous – they are here to stay for the long term. There are clear
benefits in both Conventional AI and Computational Intelligence, however, I
believe that it is necessary to look at the effects of any form of artificial
intelligence on society and recognize it before delving too deep. There are clear
benefits to society but it is irresponsible not to recognize and be aware of
them. The current threat is not a constantly developing super machine that
seeks to take over and enslave the human race, but rather an overreliance of
the artificial intelligence that humans continually develop and in turn destroy
themselves.