AI: How can we get ready for it?

Artificial Intelligence has become a saving grace for the giants in all sectors, opening up avenues for the metaverse, NFTs, Cryptocurrency, machine learning, and lots more. With the rapid surge of technology, it seems that the use of AI to replace the now ‘old fashioned’ way of doing things is inevitable. The conversation around modern tech has started, and it’s not a small one, it’s just kind of difficult for the layperson to understand. Former chief business officer at Google X and entrepreneur, Mo Gawdat is one of many worried voices as AI geniuses are cracking more codes for us to use. Gawdat points out the negativity that plagues our society and the danger of AI possibly picking up on the toxicity that circles around the media. 

'When machines are specifically built to discriminate, rank and categorize, how do we expect to teach them to value equality?'

Mo also talked about this on the Diary of a CEO podcast with Steven Bartlett, and we can’t actually deny that he’s right. The media as we know it focuses heavily on bad news; how often do you see positive stories that uplift your spirits about the world’s progress? For some reason, news outlets actively find stories that tap into the amygdala because they don’t think good news is worth reporting. Artificial Intelligence is designed to display human-like capabilities such as reasoning, learning, planning, and creativity. Developing an understanding of AI while also educating ourselves on how to be more inclusive and kind to each other is the first step in preparing ourselves for the future.

Machine learning has the potential to educate future generations and be more accessible for people with disabilities. We can make actionable changes to the environment, and give society the revamp it desperately needs. More events companies are using NFTs instead of electronic tickets for more secure purchasing. The future of the art world is admittedly uncertain, but there is also room for expansion and a chance for artists to protect their work. Cryptocurrency can replace physical cash, which does pose a threat for people with assets, but could also change our attitudes towards money in positive ways.

In light of the mud storm that Mark Zuckerberg recently kicked up, there is reason not to trust the metaverse. There’s a huge lack of education around it, and our fascination with web3 and alternate realities is almost unstoppable with the rise of gaming worldwide. Mo Gawdat, and Stephen Hawking before him along with other tech geniuses believe that we are in terrifying danger as AI grows to dominate us. But there is hope, and it starts with how we choose to treat each other. It might sound prolific, but going back to basics in being good humans could go a long way.