AI is set to become a larger part of the daily lives of more people around the world this year.
Artificial intelligence is hardly anything new at this point. It makes headlines on a regular basis and many people have already tried it out in one form or another. That said, this year, it is expected to make its way much further into the mainstream, as consumers use it as a part of their daily lives.
Virtual assistants and autonomous vehicles are increasingly a part of the news we regularly read.
That said, as popular as artificial intelligence is becoming, particularly with chatbot apps such as ChatGPT, concern is rising over the risks it presents and how it will be transforming the world in 2024.
Entire industries are changing the way they operate by using generative AI technology. While experts underscore that this type of innovation can be highly valuable, they also caution that unwanted side effects can also result from relying on it to a substantial degree.
Toronto Metropolitan University professor Daniel Tsai has added his voice to the many warning about the job losses that are likely to occur this year and in years to follow due to AI.
Artificial intelligence can be used to complete tasks that were previously done only by people.
“Other things AI can do, people are now asking AI to do blog posts, and write letters on their behalf,” said Tsai. “So a lot of the human tasks that used to be done that required human thinking can be replaced by ChatGPT and other AI engines and that’s problematic because you’re talking about jobs lost.”
Tsai also added that there is a notable risk of an increase in what is known as “deep faking”, in which users employ artificial intelligence for the generation of entirely new audio or video with the intention of making it appear that something happened when it did not occur in reality.
“All these tools aren’t just being done by large corporations, there’s a whole bunch of start ups, as well as outside of the jurisdiction outside the US, there are other countries that are not subject to regulation. and have different legal environments,” explained Tsai. “We’re talking about Russia, North Korea, where they can do whatever they want and there is no international treaty on it so this really is the pandora’s box with AI and the consequences can be really severe.”
Developing legislation and international treaties to reduce the risk or impact of artificial intelligence technology abuse are therefore expected to be central to this year.