How will AI technology develop in 2019 and into the future? It is a question that is worth looking at since AI is now ubiquitous in our lives. We speak with voice assistants like Siri and Alexa who manage mundane tasks for us, AI algorithms follow us online and in real life, and self-driving technology is just around the corner.
If 2018 was any indication, 2019 looks to bring humans more in touch with their AI counterparts, transforming life in ways we never could have imagined.
Expanded Knowledge about AI Capabilities
It is inevitable that as AI becomes more integrated into our lives, people will gradually know more about the technology and all it entails. More specifically, people will know exactly what AI is and its limitations and ethical implications.
Before consumers begin inviting AI into their homes (if they haven’t already), they will want to know exactly what AI is and how it works. The easiest way to describe “intelligence,” as we know it, is how programs gather information. In addition to gathering information, it is how these programs use this information to make predictions in the short and long term that is crucial.
It is also worth noting that AI can encompass several different strains of “intelligence.” AI itself is a diffuse term, but expect terms like symbolic AI, artificial neural networks, and reinforcement learning to be more common in the coming year and beyond.
AI’s Impact On The Workforce
Artificial intelligence has already made significant headway into various different industries and sectors, and you should expect that trend to continue. We’ve already seen self-checkout consoles take over jobs from cashiers, but similar developments could come to the workforce. Every year, self-driving cars get closer to reality (even though Waymo, the country’s driver-less car company is still operating at a small scale) which means that Uber and Lyft drivers will soon go the way of taxi drivers.
Other jobs you can expect to peter out include telemarketers (robot telemarketers) and more assembly line jobs. But where AI will render some industries and jobs obsolete, the rise of AI will also inevitably carve a lane for new jobs and specialties. Robot and AI maintenance will be an opportunity in the future and learning a programming language and how to write software will be a necessity in the future.
Moreover, AI will work alongside humans in their jobs, taking over more tedious or dangerous aspects of their duties. Mining, oil drilling, and construction are several areas where AI could come in and help human workers with safety and other precautions.
But as always with new technology, it is up to us and our governing bodies to ensure that the correct regulations are enforced when it comes to tech. Governments will have to come up with answers to the questions that tech companies pose, including how they use AI to gather data and how much leeway we should permit tech giants while encouraging innovation.
There is a very real concern that technology and tools like AI could end up dividing or worse, leading to inequalities in distribution and access to advanced technologies. Luckily, AI is still in the stage where we can forge a path that assures equal accessibility for all.