Artificial Intelligence

Experts point out benefits of burgeoning technology

Easily accessible AI programs, just a Google search away, can clone use a recording to clone a person’s voice, and scammers are using the technology to trick people into thinking their loved ones are in trouble. (Photo: Todd Dinsmore, KUTV)

The use of artificial intelligence is rapidly growing and many are questioning if the benefits outweigh the risks as it becomes ever more prevalent in society.

As the capabilities of A.I. are already changing the way we live and interact, there are concerns about the impact of this new technology.

However, advocates say there are also significant benefits.

Some say letting AI take over your responsibilities can help reclaim your time, making daily tasks and chores quicker and more efficient.

We humans can focus on what makes life the most fun. We can focus on social connections, we can focus on the activities that give us the most meaning,” said Anton Korinek, an economics professor at the University of Virginia and economics of AI lead at the Center for the Governance of AI.

A survey of 65 experts published in the journal “Plos One” in February finds that AI could automate up to 40% of domestic tasks within ten years. That includes daily activities like cleaning, cooking, even gardening.

Virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant have been answering questions, keeping calendars and setting reminders for users for years. But now, AI technology is now helping healthcare professionals achieve better outcomes for patients and maximize their time by letting it handle the paperwork.

FILE – The OpenAI logo is seen on a mobile phone in front of a computer screen displaying output from ChatGPT, March 21, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

“That’s where the assist comes in real-time. Rather than a busy primary care physician or other specialists having to comb through reams of medical records that are digitized, the computer could be able to do that and then present something in a timely way, at the time of the patient visit, and then make a suggestion,” said Dr. Bruce Rollman, a primary care physician with the University of Pittsburgh.

And busy teachers are letting AI lighten the load by grading in subjects where there’s a definitive answer.

Let’s say you teach an algebra class and there’s a basic math topic that’s not taught in your class but you’ve got some students that just don’t have that grasp of the beginning topic so they’re struggling in algebra. You can actually point AI to help you build some simple content that you can then include in your instruction. You’re not having to write it from scratch or editing it,” said Melissa Loble, chief customer experience officer at Instructure.

And some are modeling artificial intelligence to predict crime.

Researchers at the University of Chicago developed an algorithm to forecast crime by learning patterns in time and geographic locations. It predicted future crimes one week in advance with 90% accuracy in one study. Those are the benefits experts are pointing to.

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