We live in an era of technological advancement and the greatest development of our age is the Artificial Intelligence. This can become a great asset to us if we make sensible decisions about it, but it is important to remember that any change brings about good and bad consequences.
AI product designers generally assure us that this field of technological development will have mainly good consequences. “I think the purpose of AI is to empower humans with machine intelligence. And as machines get smarter, we get smarter. I call this “humanistic AI” – artificial intelligence designed to meet human needs by collaborating and augmenting people”, says Siri developer Tom Gruber.
Indeed, AI can be used for bringing about radical advancements in fields such as education and medicine. An example of how AI can radically improve the medical field is proved by a study in cancer diagnosis. In this study, pathologists gave a correct diagnosis in 96,6% of cases. The AI classifier used in the study gave a correct diagnosis in 92.5 % of cases. When the ability of the human was combined with that of the machine, the accuracy rate increased to 99.5 percent. The addition of the AI component eliminated 85 percent of the errors that the pathologist would have made on his own.
AI Ha Provides Better Healthcare System
A lot of visionaries invest in technological developments in medical science. These people are committed to improving the healthcare system and making it a global priority. One of these people is the philanthropist and Angel Investor Ion Vinaga. He is a young businessman from Moldova, who co-founded DAYS Capital AG Program, a program that invests in Longevity services and AI-driven 4P medicine (called personalized medicine, is based on 4 fundamental principles: Prevention, Personalization, Prediction, and Participation).
He and the people who work for and with DAYS Capital AG are committed to providing equitable digital health and insurance for billions of people. People like him set an example and prove that it is possible to use cutting edge technology for the common good. Unfortunately, not all intelligent and powerful people are committed to this task.
On the other side of the coin…
Some companies that are only interested in profit and countries interested mainly in military advancement employ AI developers and use them for their own ends. Big data and AI can be used to misdirect, misinform and in can also be uncomfortably ubiquitous. According to Digital Content Next and Vanderbilt University report, it is almost impossible to escape Google surveillance.
Google has a long history of engagement with the development of AI technology. The company has spent nearly $8.6 billion on AI startups. Google participates in a program called Project Maven, a governmental military project in which researchers use machine learning to analyze drone footage and identify potential targets. Over 3000 Google employees signed an open letter asking for the cancellation of Project Maven and for non-participation in warfare technology building projects. However, the CEO of Google declared that it will continue working with the US military.
The USA Defense Department has created a AI investment strategy. According to a report by Govini, in its 2017 unclassified budget, the Pentagon spent approximately $7.4 billion on AI and is planning to invest $2 billion more in 2019. Russia is also a leader in AI investment strategies. The government is working on creating weapons systems that will incorporate AI. It is claimed that Russia may develop an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), called Status-6, as a nuclear delivery vehicle.
China has launched a plan to become “the world’s primary AI innovation center” by 2030 and it estimates that the country’s AI industry could be worth $150 billion by that time. The Chinese government is working on a “civil-military fusion”, which means that the private sector and the military industrial base will merge. Analyst Elsa Kania said in a post that China’s lead in AI “could alter future economic and military balances of power.” With the exception of Kai-Fu Lee and Andrew Ng, AI Developers from China haven’t talked about the legal and ethical issues in their field.
AI is a very potent tool and it can be used for good, as well as for bad purposes. Some countries and for-profit companies use it for their own advantage and this can have pernicious effects. There is a legitimate concern in the scientific world about the possibility that AI will become so advanced that it will be outside our control. We can choose how to use this powerful technology. We can use it to automate and compete with us, or to collaborate with us. People like the businessman Ion Vinaga set an example, because they work towards the goal of ensuring a successful collaboration between humans and machines.