The progress of technology occurs so quickly that we sometimes forget how advanced our world is today! To put it in perspective — Today, a single smartphone has more processing power than the computer used on the Apollo missions.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in particular is already having a transformative impact in every industry from helping employees at transportation companies predict arrival times to predicting toxins in grains of food. AI is helping scientists learn how to treat cancer more effectively and farmers are figuring out how to grow more food using fewer natural resources.
We are already seeing a lot of powerful and positive things happening with AI, we can only imagine how AI will affect us in the future.
Can the future of Artificial Intelligence solve world hunger or bring universal peace?
We are already seeing the beginnings of AI through self-driving cars, though the vehicles are currently required to have a driver present at the wheel for safety. Despite this exciting development, the technology of self-driving cars isn’t at perfection yet and will take a while for public acceptance to bring automated cars into widespread use. We can see improvements in AI resulting in more self-driving vehicles in the near future such as buses, trains, and possibly planes.
Reduce Dangerous Jobs
Some people are worried about AI taking over jobs and that may happen—in a good way. AI can be incredibly useful for those who risk their lives for dangerous jobs. With AI, Dangerous jobs will be a thing of the past. Don’t get me wrong, there will still be hazardous jobs in the future but AI will take over many of them. AI doesn’t understand pain or trauma and can easily be replaced if destroyed. This opens up a lot of possibilities, including scenarios such as bomb defusing. They can also be equally useful in chemical factories or jobs with harsh conditions. The current stage of AI needs to be upgraded more before we see this, but this is definitely a possibility in the future.
Advancements in the Medical Field
AI can greatly help in the medical field, but doctors, needless to say, will always be a necessity. Diagnosing diseases, performing surgery, and prescribing medicine aren’t only complex, life-threatening tasks — they also require a good deal of empathy. Thus far, computers fail at this crucial requirement. However, AI may be used for things such as surgery, treating rare conditions, finding cures for cancer, predicting disease, and catching human mistakes such as entering the wrong data or prescribing the wrong medicine.
Provide Aid for Developing Countries
Artificial intelligence (AI) has seeped into the daily lives of people in the developed world. From virtual assistants to recommendation engines, AI is in the news, our homes and offices. There is a lot of untapped potential in terms of AI usage, especially in humanitarian areas. AI could double annual economic growth rates in developing countries, where resources are limited. By leveraging the power of AI, businesses, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and governments can solve life-threatening problems and improve the livelihood of local communities in the developing world.
Disaster Relief and Rescue Help
Predictive models using AI can provide disaster relief along with helping reconstruction efforts, and distributing supplies in a timely manner. A similar example of this was when a major earthquake hit Nepal, in 2015, and more than 8 million people were affected. During the aftermath, drones were used to map and assess the destruction and speed up the rescue mission. The improved future of AI can help at even a greater scale in these disasters.
Providing Accessible tools for people with Disabilities
At the Microsoft’s Build Developers Conference, Microsoft announced a new $25 million, five-year AI for Accessibility program. These AI tools are put in the hands of developers to accelerate the development of accessible and intelligent AI solutions to benefit the 1 billion-plus people with disabilities around the world. We are already witnessing this as people with disabilities expand their use of computers to hear, see, and reason with impressive accuracy. Around the world, only one in 10 people with disabilities have access to assertive technologies and products. By making AI solutions more widely available, we believe the future of AI can have an even greater impact on this community.
Although we don’t know the exact future, it is quite evident that interacting with AI will soon become a more common interaction.
Beyond the six impacts we discussed, there are even more ways that Artificial Intelligence technology can influence our future. The possibilities that AI has in store makes us and many other professionals across multiple industries extremely excited for the future of our world with Artificial Intelligence!