Mass Adoption of Artificial Intelligence Is Coming, What Can Normal People Do to Mitigate Potential Negative Effects?
Ganja Theories: 2023 is the year of Mass A.I Adoption and here are possible ways it plays out in society at large
Welcome to the future! In December 2022, Chat GPT3 (Generative Pre-training Transformer) was unleashed in the world and depending on how you view the presence of artificial intelligence in our lives – this is either Skynet version 1 or Jarvis version 1.
If you don’t get that analogy, you need to watch more movies.
Or you could Google it…but what fun would that be.
Everyone who’s everyone these days are talking to bots, and Chat GPT is hitting the world in a way that I don’t think we truly understand yet. There is so much potential and so much danger with this tool, and seeing how humanity faired with social media – this my friends will get REALLY Interesting!
Today, I aim to explore the presence of A.I in our everyday lives, how this latest technology might influence us for the good, or for the bad – and how A.I could transform the cannabis space.
So pack a bowl, and let’s get comfortable – our robot overlords are currently our robot slaves!
It is challenging to make a firm prediction on how artificial intelligence (A.I.) will affect society in 2023. However, a number of variables point to a possible big growth in A.I. adoption in 2023.
The rising demand for AI across many businesses is one of the causes. The demand for A.I. experts and professionals is projected to rise as more businesses use A.I. technology to improve their products and services and streamline their operations. This might encourage more companies and workers to adopt artificial intelligence.
The continual developments in AI technology are another aspect. Algorithms and systems used in artificial intelligence (AI) are improving in sophistication and versatility. When using chatbots like Chat GPT, this is quite obvious. This is probably going to increase the appeal of A.I. to organizations and people trying to automate and enhance their workflows.
Overall, 2023 might be the year that artificial intelligence (AI) is widely adopted in society due to rising A.I. demand, advances in technology, and the emergence of new use cases, which we shall go into more depth about later. It is crucial to take into account how artificial intelligence can affect society and to solve any potential ethical or sociological issues.
For some, A.I is still a very obscure concept. However, in 2023, with the sudden interest in chatbots and A.I text-to-image and text-to-video services, the concept will be shoved in everyone’s faces. In a way, those who will not incorporate A.I into their workflow in one way or another will fall behind.
I am not overstating the potential impact of this technology en masse. Virtually every known industry will be impacted by this rising technology.
Here are five advantages that the typical consumer could gain from the widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI):
Increased convenience: AI-powered gadgets and systems can automate monotonous jobs and simplify daily living. Virtual assistants, for instance, can help you manage your schedule, set reminders, and respond to inquiries, and voice-activated home automation systems can operate lights and appliances.
Enhanced efficiency: AI may also be used to streamline and optimize business operations, enhancing efficiency. AI-powered chatbots, for instance, may handle customer service enquiries more effectively and rapidly than human agents, and AI-powered logistics systems can optimize delivery routes to cut down on fuel usage and transit time.
More individualized experiences: Using information about a person’s tastes and behavior, AI may assist tailor recommendations and experiences. For instance, AI-driven digital assistants can deliver specialized news and weather updates, and recommender systems powered by AI can make recommendations for goods and services that are likely to interest a certain consumer.
Increased safety: AI can increase safety in a number of different ways. AI-powered systems, for instance, can be used to monitor traffic and spot possible accidents, while AI-powered drones can be used to examine infrastructure and carry out search-and-rescue missions.
Improved healthcare includes the use of chatbots as assisted diagnostic tools to quickly classify symptoms, precise robotic surgery powered by AI, monitoring vital signs for patients in critical care, and many more. These could dramatically enhance healthcare outcomes and increase the availability and affordability of medical care.
While all of this sounds fine and dandy, with every great innovation, there is a group of people who get displaced. Just like ATMs displaced thousands of bank tellers, and self-checkout systems in retail stores is reducing the demand for cashiers…so will A.I replace those who rely on easily automated repetitive tasks. And even certain tasks that people thought had “creative inoculation” now stand to lose out if they don’t incorporate A.I into their workflow.
Let’s take a closer look at five potential hazards of mass adoption of AI that specifically relate to the average individual:
Automating tasks that were previously done by humans could result in job displacement, which could result in unemployment. Many employment in sectors like manufacturing and customer service could be at risk of automation, even if some industries may experience a rise in jobs connected to AI research and maintenance.
Privacy issues: The application of AI poses issues about the gathering, storing, and utilization of personal data. People might be concerned about their personal data being used for nefarious or undesirable purposes, such identity theft or targeted advertising.
Bias and discrimination: AI systems have the potential to unintentionally reinforce and even magnify bias in the training data. For some groups of people, such as those based on ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic status, this may result in discriminatory effects.
Technology dependence: As AI permeates more aspects of daily life, people may become unduly reliant on it to the point that they are unable to operate without it. As a result, humans may be more susceptible to cyberattacks and less able to complete activities that they could previously complete without the aid of AI. Consider how you depend on your calculator to perform calculations such as “329 x 512.6” for you. There is no need to whip out paper and do it yourself!
AI has the potential to have an impact on people’s social connections and psychological health. For instance, chatbots and virtual assistants powered by AI might replace some social interactions, including customer service, which could result in less human contact and social isolation. Additionally, anxiety and insecurity might result from the worry of being replaced by AI.
Of course, it comes down to how we will implement this technology and how quickly mass adoption will happen to see the full effects of this change in society. However, rest assured that there will be millions of people without a job over the next coming years.
You might think, “Well, we can always rely on the cannabis industry” where physical labor will never go away…however, you would be wrong.
Every industry will be adopting A.I in one way or another!
Not even the world of cannabis will be safe from automation. A.I is here to disrupt every facet of our lives and we’re entering into a “technology upgrade” like never before. You can see the evidence on shows like “Dance Monsters” on Netflix, which uses Real Time CG rendering to create monster avatars that can dance…it’s freaky AF!
But, before we dive into the subjective world of how our world is changing before our very eyes…let’s take a closer look at how A.I can negatively affect the individual within the cannabis industry:
Job loss and unemployment for some particular positions, such as trimmers: As AI is used more frequently in the cannabis sector, tasks that are currently carried out by human trimmers may be automated, which could result in job loss and unemployment for these individuals.
Consumer and business privacy concerns: The application of AI in the cannabis market raises questions regarding the gathering, storing, and utilization of personal data for both consumers and businesses. This might raise worries about data being used for nefarious or undesirable purposes, such identity theft or targeted advertising.
Prejudice in decision-making, such as when issuing licenses, for instance: AI systems may unintentionally maintain and even magnify bias in the training data. This could result in unfairly affecting some groups when decisions are made, such as when licenses are granted for firms associated to cannabis.
Dependence on technology for particular tasks like testing and analysis: As AI gets more fully incorporated into the cannabis industry, there may be a tendency for small enterprises and farmers who lack access to technology to fall behind.
Impact on small-scale farmers who may find it difficult to adopt such technology: Small-scale farmers may find it challenging to adopt and integrate AI technology due to a lack of resources and knowledge, making it more difficult for them to compete in a sector that is becoming more dependent on technology and possibly resulting in their extinction.
OF course, we don’t know how this will play out and perhaps organizations like OpenAI will help level the playing field, but we know that “BIG MONEY” will have the more powerful A.I bots and greater access to more sophisticated technologies.
This is why it’s important to adapt, but also anticipate – especially if you’re one of the “vulnerable groups” who could be displaced by A.I. And you might think that this is a small list – but this will impact more people than you think.
When it comes to preparing for the impact of mass adoption, I think it’s already too late. However, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be doing “something” about it. Therefore, it’s important on finding “non-tech” related solutions to help mitigate the negative impacts of mass A.I adoption.
Here are a few examples:
Investments in education and training programs can assist people in adapting to changes in the labor market and in acquiring the skills necessary to take advantage of new opportunities brought about by AI. This could involve education and training programs for new employment in fields like AI development and maintenance as well as retraining programs for workers displaced by automation.
Government policies and regulations: In mitigating the negative effects of AI, government policies and regulations can be extremely important. This might involve policies like a universal basic income to assist those whose employment have been eliminated by AI as well as rules to protect privacy and stop discrimination by AI systems..
Encourage ethical AI development: Encourage businesses, researchers, and developers to think about the ethical implications of developing AI systems and to incorporate a variety of viewpoints during the design and implementation phases. This might entail steps like bias reduction and identification, as well as openness and comprehensibility in AI decision-making.
Increasing the openness and explainability of AI systems can help to establish trust in the technology and make sure it is applied in a responsible and accountable manner. This could involve taking steps like disclosing information about the decision-making processes used by AI systems and establishing channels for people to challenge AI system judgments.
Promote cooperation between various stakeholders: To solve the issues and opportunities brought forth by AI, promote cooperation between business, academia, and government, as well as between employees and employers. This can entail establishing collaborations between businesses and educational institutions to design and implement AI training courses or setting up forums for business, government, and academic institutions to exchange information and best practices.
Now, this is all good, except, if you’re like me – you have very little trust in the government and public institutions. Therefore, the only reliable options within the list I provided are; to encourage transparency, supporting companies that provide easy access to the tools for everyone, and to diversify the economy.
Here’s a few other ways that individuals can make changes to mitigate the negative impacts of A.I through Mass Adoption:
Lifelong Learning: Putting money into one’s own education and training in order to develop the abilities required to take advantage of the new opportunities AI has brought forth. Learn how to code, conduct data analysis, and develop other technical abilities in addition to soft skills like critical thinking and problem-solving.
Improve your capacity to adjust to a changing employment market and to take on new skills or positions as needed by developing your flexibility and adaptability.
Entrepreneurship and innovation: Creating new businesses or joining startups could be a method for people to work in sectors that are less likely to be automated by artificial intelligence.
Supporting organizations, projects, and goods that have a solid ethical foundation and take into account the social and environmental effect of their AI systems is one way to promote ethical AI.
Participate in advocacy and civic engagement by joining or supporting groups, campaigns, and movements that promote responsible and ethical AI development and use and address the negative effects of AI on society.
Know the dangers and restrictions of AI: Keep yourself educated on the dangers and limitations of artificial intelligence, and use that information to make deliberate decisions about the technology.
Create awareness in their community by informing and bringing attention to the potential drawbacks of AI and the ways to mitigate them.
By supporting small enterprises and local entrepreneurs, for instance, investing in and supporting local communities can assist to reduce the detrimental effects of AI on local economies.
Overall, by their choices, behaviors, and investments, people may significantly influence how AI affects society. It’s crucial to remember that based on their own resources and abilities, each person may make a difference in a variety of ways.
This year, your life is about to change significantly. Some of you might not be aware of it, but a technology far superior than Social Media has been unleashed in the world and everything is going to be different from here on out.
When it comes to “fake news”, A.I is a monster. However, at the same time, it can help individuals with legitimate products, ideas, concepts – to take it beyond their own capability. The individual + A.I is now almost as efficient as a small company of up to 10 workers.
In order to survive the mass redundancies – it’s time to get educated, to identify areas where you can evolve and to do so. If you don’t, you’re probably going to not have a great time when it comes to the future.
However, for those of you who are awoken to the potential risks and benefits of A.I – you will see the dawn of a new humanity over the next decade or two.
And wait until we introduce psychedelics into the equation…perhaps that’s the day we all become Alien.