It seems that AI can change the world
A blind engineer, Shaqib Shaik, uses AI driven glasses to ‘see the scene’ around him. Mexico uses AI to help map its bus routes, while Indonesia uses AI to find flood-prone areas. The UAE uses AI to protect itself against sandstorms.
Businesses see great potential in using AI. Amazon uses roughly 40,000 robots to work their warehouses. IBM is not being left behind as it utilizes its Watson AI program to help fight cancer.
AI & Southeast Asia
But businesses are not the only ones who can see the potential of employing artificial Intelligence. By 2030, China looks to be the center for AI innovation, while India is reaching to be a scientific power by 2022.
Even the small country of Malaysia looks to utilize AIin hopes of benefitting greatly from the possible potential AI offers.
Reasons to join the bandwagon
Supporters of employing AI in businesses and other areas of life provide a few reasons why people should embrace this new technology. First, they say that for businesses to remain relevant, they must adopt the technology.
The global market is fast-paced and those businesses who do not embrace AI will be left behind and possibly lose money. A second reason to adopt AI technology is to save money. It is estimated that businesses could save up to 4 percent a year just in costs alone.
For a country like Malaysia that ranks 63rd out of 189 countries for internet speed, AI would vastly improve their connectivity. To the supporters, it is a win-win situation when a business or country adopts AI technology.
The changes to life as we know it
The supporters of AI technology are full of ideas on how life will be made better by the adoption of artificial intelligence. They want America and other western countries to double their investment in developing AI resources. Remaining competitive is one thing they do not want to be changed.
One suggestion for change is, of course, targeting education. The supporters of AI technology want to see education altered drastically to fit their goals for the future. They want governments to redesign education so that the students can readily and easily enter AI fields of employment.
Another change would target the business environment. The supporters of AI implementation want to see business leaders create a digital environment which they claim will speed up the process of doing business.
The drawbacks to the bandwagon
What can be seen in this push to get everyone on the AI bandwagon is that their cheerleading may be self-serving. It really isn’t for the benefit of the businesses or countries that adopt AI technology.
It seems that this push is for the benefit of AI supporters alone. It is said that AI will make our lives better but when looking at the whole picture, only a few will actually benefit.
AI does have potential to help a lot of people but only if it is kept out of the hands of those who limit that potential