Did you know that AI traces its roots as far back as ancient Greece?
Fast forward two-and-a-half millenniums, AI is transforming how we live and work. From self-driving cars to chatbots, the list goes on.
And over the next decade, artificial intelligence will permeate almost all aspects of daily life. AI will play a significant role in countless industries — from healthcare to education, transportation to manufacturing.
This blog explores seven intriguing facts and stats surrounding the rise of AI, including its current state, future trends, and potential impact on society.
Market Size and Growth
There are several reasons why AI is poised to become one of the most disruptive technologies in history:
- The phenomenal increase in computing power and the advent of cloud services such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.
- A proliferation of AI applications across virtually every sector and rapid advancements in deep learning algorithms
- Massive data availability through IoT devices, sensors, social media platforms, and mobile apps, among others
- Growing interest among entrepreneurs who see tremendous opportunities within the AI space
- Increased funding from venture capitalists and private equity firms, which have been investing heavily in AI startups
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) estimates that by 2030, AI-based activities could grow the global GDP by 14 percent. That amounts to a little under USD 16 trillion. That’s 16, followed by 12 zeros!
Creativity is seen as a distinctly human trait but AI is quick on our heels.
Open AI’s DALL·E 2 has been making headlines recently. Enter a text prompt — your imagination is the limit — and out pops a unique image or artwork.
With DALL·E 2, humans and AI can work in tandem to create something new. Say goodbye to expensive stock imagery for all your photography needs!
You can also use AI to write captions, blogs, fictional stories, and even a full-fledged novel.
Contentbot.ai is a great place to start if you’ve never used an AI writing tool before.
And AI’s made its way into the music scene, too! NSynth Super is a musical instrument that uses machine learning to generate novel sounds, allowing musicians to experiment and build on them.
Customer Service and Interaction
Are you able to detect whether you’re talking to a bot or a human while chatting with a company’s support helpdesk?
Chances are, not always.
In 2019, chatbots managed nearly 70% of all chats from beginning to end. They can provide quick, 24/7 support, which makes them perfect for customer service.
And Servion predicts that by 2025 AI will support 95% of all customer interactions, including tasks like emails, chats, and calls.
Although there are understandable fears about the impact of AI on jobs, the reality is mixed.
Artificial intelligence is set to create fresh career opportunities while simultaneously displacing many careers we know today.
Statista forecasts that AI will create 2.3 million jobs and eliminate 1.8 million by 2022.
These numbers can go up to 97 million new jobs generated and 85 million lost in three years.
Change is coming, and it’s coming in fast. McKinsey estimates that intelligent robots might replace 30% of the global workforce by 2030.
Citizenship and Rights
Can AI be granted citizenship? Apparently, yes.
Saudi Arabia granted Sophia, an AI-powered humanoid robot with the ability to speak and interact with people, citizenship in 2017.
She has a passport and is also the first non-human to be accorded a United Nations title.
Check out Tech Insider’s interview with Sophia below.
Ethics and Oversight
There have been concerns about how AI systems are being developed without proper oversight in recent years. Issues like fairness, privacy, bias, transparency, accountability, and safety need to be kept front of mind.
For example, what happens when an AI system makes a discriminatory decision?
Or consider this dilemma. Can a machine be held responsible for actions made without human intervention?
That’s where ethics come in.
And as AI makes rapid strides into the business world, having a C-suite leader well-versed with AI best practices is necessary for organizations.
According to a Teradata report, more than 60% of enterprise executives envision their company employing a Chief AI Officer in the future.
Predicting the Future
Imagine a device that could predict the future? Sounds like something straight out of a sci-fi film, doesn’t it?
It all comes down to tonnes of data.
A supercomputer, Nautilus, analyzed 100 million news articles in 2011 for sentiment analysis and location.
What happened? Well, It was able to predict the Egyptian Revolution as well as pinpoint Osama bin Laden’s location in Pakistan within 200 km.
Mind you; this was after the events had already occurred.
With AI’s rampant growth, we could easily use data to predict the likelihood of certain events in the future.
We’re already seeing incredible advances in machine learning, natural language processing, deep learning, and allied areas. As AI continues to evolve, we’ll see new applications emerge that will profoundly impact our lives.
How do you think AI will transform the world? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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