Do you welcome our new robot overlords? Not everyone does. Elon Musk says he’s more worried about AI than North Korea. And Nick Bostrom —director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute— says we should know that AI might “go radically wrong.”
It’s true that artificial intelligence (AI) carries deep risks. If humans keep creating technology that mimics human behavior, we will see huge changes in our lifetime. At the very least, there’s widespread consensus that automation will take jobs from the workforce. At worst, AI could perpetuate poverty and be used as a war weapon.
But these conversations come with a caveat: the people talking didn’t grow up with AI. Despite its encroachment on our lives, AI is still foreign to most people.
That won’t always be the case: People born after 2010 won’t know a world without AI. And a new Gartner report (available to clients) predicts that this comfort level will give them advantages over us:
“Children very soon might grow up viewing machines as sentient beings rather than feats of engineering,” says technosociologist Zeynep Tufekci. “The philosophical debates about what makes a ‘true AI’ will be a moot point to them, because they are growing up in a world where machines interact with them in (only for us, surprisingly) human ways — long before they have any inkling of what actually makes AI tick.
“Gartner defines ‘AI’ as a set of related technologies that seems to emulate human thinking and action. AI typically accomplishes this by learning from experience, appearing to understand complex content, coming to its own conclusions and engaging in natural-sounding dialogs with people. AI technology may enhance human cognition or perform a variety of mental and physical tasks.”
“Generation Z” is defined as the generation that doesn’t know a world without the Internet. In similar fashion, the future of artificial intelligence lies with “Generation AI”— people who won’t know a world without AI.
How will Gen AI change the world? Read our infographic to learn who they are, how they’ll work, and why the future of artificial intelligence lies in their capable hands.
What’s next for the future of artificial intelligence?
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