Head to Head: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence
The pros and cons of AI.
May 17, 2023
With the emergence of more easily seen forms of Artificial Intelligence (AI) such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Snapchat’s MyAI, many are beginning to have concerns over what these advancements in AI mean for the future.
Questions circulating whether or not the continued development of AI is worth it, or if AI is even that helpful for the average person have become a very divisive issue within the tech community and the world as a whole.
Staff Writers Yesenia Rosario and Ariana Smith debate the pros and cons of AI.
AI Impacts Our Lives Better than Human Intelligence
As time progresses, technology, specifically artificial intelligence, is constantly progressing and changing. Although some people think that compared to human intellect, artificial intelligence is not as valuable to society, AI is helpful to society in many ways, such as aiding people and businesses, advancing the medical field and minimizing errors.
While AI may appear unfamiliar and new to certain individuals, we are constantly benefiting from its every day use. Beyond the stereotypical chatbot, AI is employed in everyday apps like Google Maps, Face ID, Grammar Checks (i.e. Grammarly), social networking, and much more.
The growing use of apps like Chat GPT and the recently released SnapChat “My AI” raises some serious concerns about AI. Many teachers and administrators are concerned about the use of AI in the classroom because students are among the platforms’ biggest users. The benefits of AI for both teachers and students alike, however, aren’t really taken into account too often.
Students and teachers can utilize AI for many things. If you have the right intentions, and don’t use AI as a source to plagiarize from, it can be a helpful resource. A few examples are:
- Help with a math problem when a teacher isn’t available.
- Running an essay through to check for errors and help with any question ever.
- Rewording an answer.
- Teachers also benefit as they’re able to save so much time to do more productive tasks.
Even though they are referring to businesses, this also applies to teachers. Similar to businesses, they might use AI to free up crucial time for other tasks like creating new lesson plans or grading papers. Even the Department of Education has acknowledged the development of AI and highlighted its support in a statement.
“Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and related technologies will have powerful impacts on learning not only through direct supports for students but also by empowering educators to be more adaptive to learner needs and less consumed by routine, repetitive tasks. There is little question that we need innovative approaches in education and that AI will be a major new capability that allows innovation. Simply put, we will be able to do things that we have never done before!,” a statement released by the Office of Educational Technology.
Other excellent advantages of AI technology include progression and automation within the medical field. Although human intelligence is strong and has contributed to numerous medical discoveries and breakthroughs, the advances made by AI are pretty comparable if not more beneficial than to those made by the human mind.
The benefits of medical progressions are it saves patients money and nurses time as the article states “…helping doctors and nurses diagnose and treat patients without requiring an expensive or time-consuming hospital visit.”
Automation is used every day and is helpful to many. Receiving appointment reminders or receiving receipts through text is all automation. While some may find it a disturbance during the day, it helps many with those reminders that many tend to forget.
“Businesses use automation to stay connected with new and returning customers through auto-reply emails, appointment reminders, and feedback surveys,” WGU said.
AI is viewed as a threat to some because of its power and ability. It is capable of deducing a person’s interests based on their social media and searches and adapting their feed to align with their interests which many people feel is a violation of privacy. Even though I can understand the fears about AI, it will ultimately be more beneficial than detrimental. AI is so ingrained in our daily lives that many people ignore or take artificial intelligence’s advantages over human intellect for granted. People should be thrilled about how AI may further assist us rather than feeling intimidated by its potential.
AI Is No Match for the Authenticity of Human Intelligence
With the increasing use of AI in everyday life, human intelligence is slowly losing its appeal; however, the human brain offers many thing that AI lacks. Human intelligence involves using a method of trial and error to learn from mistakes made during one’s life. Intelligent thought and intelligent behavior lie at the core of Human Intelligence, although, Artificial Intelligence falls behind in this respect because machines cannot think. AI can create new solutions based on patterns and data, analyzing vast volumes of data to make sense of what already exists, but that’s the extent of it. Human intellect, however, goes beyond this due to its capacity for common sense, genuine creativity and adaptability.
Every human being has common sense, which is acquired through experience and curiosities over the course of our lives. However, one of the fundamental limitations of AI, in its current state, is its lack of commonsense intelligence.
“AI systems today can converse with us to order a book, find a song, or vacuum our floors, but they do not have the common sense to know that we read books for learning and for pleasure, that music relaxes us, and that tidy homes are more enjoyable,” said Yannis Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.
AI cannot absorb knowledge as deeply as human beings due to their lack of common sense intelligence. A system that has solely been taught a set of words will only be familiar with those words and their relationships, not their actual meanings.
Although artificial intelligence is quickly advancing, it can never match human creativity. Human intelligence allows us to come up with original ideas and see things from new perspectives. A system that only accepts input, carries out mathematical operations, and then puts it on display cannot be said to be truly creative. While some may argue that AI can create art via machine learning algorithms, it is not genuine creativity since AI can only replicate creativity by deriving patterns and artistic styles from previous human masterpieces.
“The creative process involves coming up with new ideas. Although AI can generate unique content, the content is largely based on variations of pre-existing works, particularly those programmed into it during the training process,” said Artur Haponik, CEO and Co-Founder of .addepto.
This creative deficiency is due mainly to the fact that machine learning is not yet at the point where it can recognize beauty or significance outside of data sets and patterns. An algorithm can only do what it has been trained to do, so as of right now, they can only mimic rather than reproduce the genuine human imperfection that inspires creativity.
Artificial Intelligence has advanced a long way from being a science fiction component to reality, but it still often only has the ability to carry out pre-programmed tasks. However, human brains are capable of going beyond data and patterns, which is why humans are so remarkably adaptive. Every day, we create memories, pick up new information, or hone our talents. We learn rapidly and easily pick up new skills, whereas for AI systems, this is a real challenge.
Humans have always managed to thrive in a constantly changing world by finding ways to adapt, but AI systems will need significantly longer to adjust to new situations.
In general, only humans possess the ability to learn, comprehend, and then use newly learned information in conjunction with logic and reasoning. While AI has done a fantastic job of mimicking intelligent behavior, it has not yet been able to copy human mental processes and still has a long way to go before it can equal the capability of the human brain. It is human intelligence that seeks to ask “why” and considers “what if” through critical thinking. Human intelligence will always be one step ahead with their capability to be flexible because when it comes to thinking outside the box or improvising on the spot, AI just simply isn’t capable.