AI Offers Convenience, But at What Cost?

Everyone knows that AI has the potential make life a whole lot easier than might have been the case otherwise, but it appears that it will come at a heavy cost. According to a recent report published by Elon University, AI will make the pursuit of happiness a lot harder than it used to be. It might offer an increased amount of convenience in our day to day lives, but in spite of the fact that this is the case, pleasure will be considerably more difficult to come by.

This report is based on the input of 328 experts hailing from a wide range of fields. 79% of the people that responded to this survey were of the opinion that AI will have a negative impact on privacy, with 54% saying the same about basic human rights with all things having been considered and taken into account. People’s relationships with others will also be negatively impacted according to 46% of respondents, and 43% suggested that it will become harder to look for jobs.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that there are some benefits that it will yield as well. For example, 73% said that people’s daily tasks will become somewhat easier to get through, and 71% said the same about shopping for goods and services.

Healthcare is also an area that will see some forward momentum, since new diagnostic tools will start to come to the fore. However, it bears mentioning that wealth inequality will become even worse than it used to be according to 70% of individuals that responded to questions presented in this study.

Political equality and democratic norms may also end up becoming compromised due to the presence of AI. 67% of survey respondents felt like politics and elections will become less fair, and AI might also have a negative impact on warfare according to 61% of the experts polled in this report. Criminal justice systems as well as the overall levels of civility in human society is expected to go down as well all in all.

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