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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love AI

AI could transform our world for the better

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a trending topic for the past decade and promises a bright future. It is revolutionizing industries, enhancing efficiency, precision, and accessibility. However, to ensure AI remains a positive force, several challenges need to be addressed.

Firstly, technological advancements have historically elevated productivity, thus fostering economic growth and improving living standards. AI can replicate this trajectory, but only if designed and implemented to maximize human benefits. Although AI might risk job displacement, such a setback would only occur if AI's contribution to productivity and wealth dwindles. Properly managed, AI could liberate humans from tedious, repetitive tasks, enabling them to engage in more creative and significant work. This would culminate in enhanced wellbeing and prosperity. Secondly, AI holds the potential to address some of the world's most intricate challenges, such as disease eradication, climate change mitigation, and perhaps most intriguingly, aiding space exploration. It's time to move beyond propelling ourselves into space with the remnants of extinct creatures—an approach that seems almost primitive. By processing vast data amounts and making predictions based on this information, AI could enrich scientific research and deepen our understanding of complex systems. Yet, it's crucial to balance AI's potential contributions against the ethical and moral implications of its use. Thirdly, the emergence of AI will undeniably alter the nature of work. AI's capacity to automate human-performed tasks will lead to job displacement. However, it will also give birth to unanticipated jobs and industries. Just as the internet boom introduced roles like social media manager, influencer, and digital marketer, AI is expected to generate new, unforeseeable professions. Preparing for a future where AI plays a significant role in the workforce is crucial, as is ensuring people are equipped with the necessary skills and training to thrive in the new economy. In conclusion, AI could transform our world for the better. However, we must thoughtfully consider its impact on productivity and prosperity, use it ethically to tackle complex problems, and brace ourselves for the changing work landscape that AI will introduce. By doing so, we can ensure AI contributes to a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future for all.

Ismo Aro CTO NorthCode Oy