AI And the Era of the 'Digital Human'


They say the Influence of the AI in future is going to be a dreamland. But many have concerns about how advances in AI will affect what it means to be human, to be productive and to exercise free will. There will huge amount of dependencies in these AI technology and related systems which will lead to widespread difficulties. Close attention must be paid to how these tools, platforms and networks are engineered, distributed and updated. Will people be better off when the world is completely taken over by the AI technology is always a debatable topic on the table. But it’s a known fact that it is only been convenient when the technology took over. The experts predicted networked artificial intelligence will amplify human effectiveness but also threaten human autonomy, agency and capabilities. They spoke of the wide-ranging possibilities; that computers might match or even exceed human intelligence and capabilities on tasks such as complex decision-making, reasoning and learning, sophisticated analytics and pattern recognition, visual acuity, speech recognition and language translation. They said “smart” systems in communities, in vehicles, in buildings and utilities, on farms and in business processes will save time, money and lives and offer opportunities for individuals to enjoy a more-customized future.

Lot of them are excited about the role of AI in the healthcare industry. There is enormous amount of data regarding from personal genome to nutrition. It will help individuals to stay healthy and live longer. It will have a great influence of the educational institutions by introducing new methodologies to learn and engage the students about a specific subject of interest. Questions about privacy, speech, the right of assembly and technological construction of person hood will all re-emerge in this new AI context, throwing into question our deepest-held beliefs about equality and opportunity for all. Who will benefit and who will be disadvantaged in this new world depends on how broadly we analyse these questions today, for the future? Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy and author of “Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future,” said We need to work aggressively to make sure technology matches our values. This is so relatable because at the end of the day the technology should not make us forget the values we have as humans because that is the one thing which sets us apart from the rest of the beings here in this world.

Possible Drawbacks

•Individuals are experiencing a loss of control over their lives. Decision-making on key aspects of digital life is automatically ceded to code-driven, "black box" tools. People lack input and do not learn the context about how the tools work. They sacrifice independence, privacy and power over choice; they have no control over these processes. This effect will deepen as automated systems become more prevalent and complex.
•Data use and surveillance in complex systems is designed for profit or for exercising power. Most AI tools are and will be in the hands of companies striving for profits or governments striving for power. Values and ethics are often not baked into the digital systems making people's decisions for them. These systems are globally networked and not easy to regulate or rein in.
•The AI takeover of jobs will widen economic divides, leading to social upheaval. The efficiencies and other economic advantages of code-based machine intelligence will continue to disrupt all aspects of human work. While some expect new jobs will emerge, others worry about massive job losses, widening economic divides and social upheavals, including populist uprisings.
•Reduction of individuals’ cognitive, social and survival skills
Many see AI as augmenting human capacities, but some predict the opposite - that people's deepening dependence on machine-driven networks will erode their abilities to think for themselves, act independent of automated systems and interact effectively with others.
•Autonomous weapons, cyber crime and weaponized information. Some predict further erosion of traditional socio-political structures and the possibility of great loss of lives due to accelerated growth of autonomous military applications and the use of weaponized information, lies and propaganda to dangerously destabilize human groups. Some also fear cyber criminals' reach into economic systems. 

Possible solutions

•Improve human collaboration across borders and stakeholder groups
Digital cooperation to serve humanity's best interests is the top priority. Ways must be found for people around the world to come to common understandings and agreements - to join forces to facilitate the innovation of widely accepted approaches aimed at tackling wicked problems and maintaining control over complex human-digital networks.
•Develop policies to assure AI will be directed at ‘humanness’ and common good. Adopt a 'moon-shot mentality' to build inclusive, decentralized intelligent digital networks 'imbued with empathy' that help humans aggressively ensure that technology meets social and ethical responsibilities. Some new level of regulatory and certification process will be necessary
•Alter economic and political systems to better help humans ‘race with the robots ‘Reorganize economic and political systems toward the goal of expanding humans' capacities and capabilities in order to heighten human/AI collaboration and staunch trends that would compromise human relevance in the face of programmed intelligence.

Fred Davis, mentor at Runway Incubator in San Francisco, responded, “As daily a user of the Google Assistant on my phone and both Google Home and Alexa, I feel like AI has already been delivering significant benefits to my daily life for a few years”. Like Fred Davis everyone can never deny the fact the benefits we are experiencing in our lives and it will always be a better future ahead us. Lets all be excited about how humans can live in 2030.



By haripriya.krishnakum Krishnakumar | 26 Nov 2019 | 0 Comments