• Question: We are aware that artificial intelligence is growing but how do you think it will affect our everyday life and how the world works in the near future?

    Asked by data1vac to Michael C, Martin M, Calum, Abbie Y on 8 Mar 2024.
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      Calum Cunningham answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      Great question! I think AI is already affecting our everyday lives, whether we realise it or not – some of what we read, watch and listen to is generated with AI. Right now, I see AI as a very useful tool to help accomplish tasks quicker but it’s not quite at the stage of replacing humans, because it always needs some human input to optimise it. For example, I’ve used AI (machine learning) at work to help analyse data trends. In the future, I think AI will simply become an everyday part of how technology works; people will make movies, drive cars, run businesses, all with the help of AI. I can’t imagine human decisions being avoided entirely though!

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      Martin McCoustra answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      A fascinating question… I’m old enough to remember when pocket calculators came into schools and there was much debate over them as we are seeing with AI. These are tools and we should learn how to use them as effectively as possible. I don’t think we should be worried or frightened by them but see them as an opportunity.

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      Michael C Macey answered on 8 Mar 2024:

      That is a great question – there are some areas where AI will have a massive positive impact. For example, when you get radiology treatment and follow up scans for cancer, AI helps locate the correct areas to provide focussed treatments.

      Problems for the future that come from AI also need to be considered and regulated though. In some cases, it might be possible to try and use AI to get exam answers, which universities will have to be hypervigilant against – we don’t want doctors or pilots who cheated the test 😉 Also image manipulation using AI is a HUGE area for the future, because it will get harder and harder to identify fakes, meaning checking sources, fact checking and an inquiring mind will be essential for your generation.

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      Abbie Young answered on 14 Mar 2024:

      Personally, for me I think that AI will take over my job in the very far future. Machinery is already becoming very intelligent and I think technology such as smart watches and phones are also becoming more intelligent.