The Student News Site of Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School

The Edison Light

The Student News Site of Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School

The Edison Light

The Student News Site of Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School

The Edison Light

The Good and the Bad of Artificial Intelligence

Robots haven’t taken over the world yet, but the recent advancements in artificial intelligence show that they might! Almost everyday, a new form of A.I. is being introduced to people all over the world. In many homes, people can shout commands to little machines, like the Amazon Echo, and casually get responses back. Our own smartphones have built-in virtual assistants and face recognition technology. There are many examples of A.I. that make our daily lives easier and more efficient, however many people fail to realize that the emergence of A.I. has brought upon negative effects along with the positive ones.

Some forms of A.I. definitely make everyday tasks easier and assist in completing tedious tasks. They are able to do things that humans can’t do themselves like explore parts of the Earth and other planets. For instance, the Mars rover, Curiosity, has an A.I. system installed to analyze images the rover takes itself.  A.I. also benefit businesses by providing data to them and is a proven game-changer when it comes to assisting medical professionals. For example, earlier this year, a company called M3dicine released a device that uses A.I. to get precise information about a patient from their heartbeat.

Shumi Debnath, a senior at Edison, believes that “A.I. should be used positively for advancements in the medical field in the future.” Alternatively, she also thinks that A.I. “can be negative, turn on you, and even attack you.”

Devices like the Amazon Echo are considered “always-on” devices meaning they are always listening in and can even record private conversations. Earlier this year, a woman’s private conversation between her and her husband was recorded by an Amazon Echo and automatically sent to many of her contacts without her consent. According to the New York Times many other owners of the Amazon Echo reported that the device lets out a bizarre laugh while listening into conversations.

The Amazon Echo is considered to  be an “always on” device which  can be a threat to privacy. Credit: Parsha Zaman
The Amazon Echo is considered to
be an “always on” device which
can be a threat to privacy.
Credit: Parsha Zaman

Advancements in A.I. is also leading to widespread job loss. The introduction of self-driving cars, machine automation, medical A.I., and even police robots, may seem fascinating at first, but the effects they have on job losses are detrimental and will continue to be so. Artificial intelligence is leading people to become more dependent on technology. Being too dependent on technology to do everything would eventually make people inattentive.

While there are many positive effects of the emergence of A.I. such as advancements in the medical field, we have to consider the negative ones as well, like the invasion of privacy.

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