Is Artificial Intelligence dangerous or safe?

This is a very topical question with AI becoming more and more central to everything we do whether we realise it or not. This is not a question that can be answered easily or quickly. It does depend on what you know about AI in the first place. It also depends on your view of technology, your view on those who develop new technology (big tech) and how you perceive it being used.

For most people AI is a foreign world, it seems magical. There are thoughts of robots taking over the world and destroying the human population or being indistinguishable with humans. Whatever your perception AI is all around us and as yet hasn’t turned on us. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been problems but that is not the fault of the AI but those who have programmed it.

The main negativity about AI is bias, unconscious bias where the data they used to train the AI has been too selective, too narrow and too one sided. This was seen in facial recognition where the training data was primarily white faces. The AI then struggled to identify faces of a non-white colour. This is just one example, unintended though it was.

On the positive side people have developed AI that can aid the medical profession. Particularly in the field of identifying certain visual conditions e.g. x-rays or scans. This is where they can look through thousands of images and pick up any anomalies. They can be trained also on thousands of images. The benefit to those who would normally sit down and look through them one by one is that the Ai doesn’t get distracted or tired.

In the following articles, blogs or posts I will explore other aspects of AI that might be of interest.

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