Recently, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, opened his speech “we’re moving from a mobile-first world, to an AI first world”. This line sums up the future. Coming from mobile-first world, the impact mobile-phone had on everyone’s lives is huge. There is a saying: “There are more mobile phones in the world than toothbrushes”. I am sure you’ve heard that one before.
The time we are spending on mobile is huge too, a typical smartphone user spends 2 hours and 15 minutes per day using apps – this is comparable to one month a year. But AI is creeping into our lives the same way. It’s seeping into our lives and taking decisions away from us, manipulating our mindsets when we’re not even aware of it.
Another challenge with algorithms making decisions for us is that these systems are not flawless. As we don’t actually know how AIs are making decisions, we don’t regulate those decisions or monitor how the algorithms are working.
AI’s impact our lives in various ways, for example, Powerful companies and government bodies are using AI to make decisions about us – credit and insurance companies. They use historical insight to judge us and there is currently no legal regulation here.
China is taking it to the next level, by creating a new social currency whereby people are given an Uber score. The challenge is that if your son or daughter run off with your car for an hour and park in a disabled bay with no badge, your credit rating gets ruined and so does your application for a work permit. Is that fair or moral? This is why I think we need to start laying down some rules for AI, some boundaries and ensuring the AI is probably legal and morally ethical.
Industry Analysts report that AI is poised to make a strong impact on the global smartphone market which is projected to reach $355 billion in revenue by 2020.
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Ellia Tariq is passionate about words & expressions. She is a Content Marketing Strategist who constantly strives to understand emerging technologies & platforms and how they affect brands and consumers.