AI’s dire narrative may not be such a predicament as most make it out to be. Instead of Elon Musk’s omniscient dictator, let us re-imagine AI to be something of empathetic cognizance, in which it is an otherness that knows us so well, that it makes our lives easier.
It is the year 2050 and you just stepped foot into a hotel. Spinning up to greet you is not a human chauffeur, but a white robot with a plastered blue emoji smiley face. His name is Alex- Alexa, but only with one less A. He aims to not only take your luggage and deliver it safely, but instead of the usual Double Tree Hilton two whopping chocolate chip cookies, it offers you ____. For me, that’s a Nutella Strawberry Crepe and a cup of iced matcha on the side.
Never before would one feel concomitantly so welcomed, yet so creeped out by the advent of AI.
The same robot greets you tomorrow, but today you’d rather have a croissant and a side of espresso for a mid-day slump. He knows.
Such is the power of an AI founded with a principles of human experience and personalization- he is synced real-time from data-driven solutions knows what you want, when you want it. He knows your preferences as you change it, and even better, no human sweat sacrificed.
Damn boyfriend doesn’t just stalk you. From inference, he seems to know what your next move as well.
The bitter truth is that we’re constantly being stalked by technology. From the personalized medicine IoT devices aka apple watches in disguise to social media that tells us exactly what to buy, being stalked has been become a standard quotidian norm in modern day life. Perhaps that isn’t such a bad thing. We’re already well-known by data brokers on the web. We just need more identity and cybersecurity solutions to be safe.
Yes, AI will indubitably displace millions of workers. However instead of less jobs, we will simply have different jobs. With a progressive and manageable rate of implementation of AI implementation, workers now instead of slaving away lifting luggage and greeting guests have the potential to pursue more noble means that satisfy more noble means in life. Even further, policy changes such as niversal basic income and ensured benefits for quality of life may now be more possible as the cost of labor in sectors and administration is cut, cheaper or free benefits, allowing less stress to allow for more human productivity.
On another note, perhaps is a halcyon view from a biased supporter for innovation as a equalizer in the playing field, projected with a predicated judgement for there is beauty too in the regressive pastoral nature of preserving tradition. There is a reminiscent nostalgia in culture that will be effaced away from the clean white treks of progress.
This quantum state of mixed feelings seems to be a recurrent theme.