Historically, those who knew how to read and write have had better opportunities to get ahead in life than those who did not. I believe the same thing will soon begin to happen with artificial intelligence.
How Can You Apply AI in Your Life?
Those who understand AI and how to apply it appropriately will have more opportunities than those who don’t. It is also of the utmost importance to know how the growth and development of AI will change our society and the world around us.
For this reason, I encourage you to think about the ways that you might be able to apply AI in your own life. You might be interested in using it to enhance the business processes of the company where you work; maybe you want to create your own AI application, or perhaps you work in the public sector and wonder how AI could be used to improve efficiency there.
Whatever your purposes for using AI, here are three essential strategies to take into consideration when planning your AI application.
Embrace the ethical and transparent use of AI
There are several bad examples of artificial intelligence being used in a unethical manner. These include the application of AI algorithms that are inherently biased and the employment of AI surveillance systems that violate people’s privacy. If you are developing an AI application that will be used by consumers, it’s essential to carefully consider the ethical use of AI and the protection of data privacy.
A great resource to help you understand how to apply ethics in AI is Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence, which was published in 2019 by the European Union’s High-Level Expert Group on AI.
According to these guidelines, the use of artificial intelligence should be:
Lawful – respecting all applicable laws and regulations.
Ethical – respecting ethical principles and values.
Robust – from a technical perspective while taking into account its social environment.
Before beginning any AI – related project, I recommend reading the entire set of guidelines,
Embrace edge computing
At the time of this writing, many platforms that utilize AI, such as Netflix, Facebook, and Google, rely on the “cloud,” meaning a centralized computing where AI algorithms process data. As the Internet of Things becomes more pervasive, and we have more sensors all around us, “edge” computing becomes increasingly necessary.
Edge computing allows AI algorithms to be implemented in devices more locally, securely, and quickly than cloud computing. An excellent example of edge computing is 5G-connected self-driving cars, which will need to process vast amounts of big data locally to operate successfully.
Embrace the “low-code/no-code” trend
Software development has traditionally been technically intensive and something that only appropriately skilled programmers have been able to do. The same applies to cloud-based AI tools, which, although they offer a variety of great possibilities for companies, have required the services of technical professionals to implement.
The problem with this has been that many non-developers have been unable to create AI applications for their companies. However, both software development and cloud-based AI tools are now moving toward the “low-code/no-code” trend, which means there will be more and more options for non-technical people to create AI software by using visual drag and drop design systems.
Google has announced that by January of 2021, it will shut down its App Maker tool, which helped people with low coding skills to make any application. Going forward, Google will instead focus on a no-code platform called AppSheet, which allows those with no coding skills to create their apps.
It will still take some time before we have widely available no-code AI platforms that everyone can safely and securely use probably by around 2022 or 2023 and those who are first to use them will get the most benefits from them.
I would personally argue that in any new endeavor that you undertake, you should consider how you might use AI to help you accomplish it. For example, if you are starting a new business, think about the ways that incorporating AI into it could make your company more competitive.
Also, be aware of how the environment and impact of AI will change your business environment. Understanding the big picture and how AI will change things in the future will help you tremendously, both professionally and personally.
I would also like to underline that we should not use AI for everything just because we can. As with anything else, AI should be used in moderation because too much of a good thing can be a bad thing.
Having an AI assistant that reminds us of our meetings or books our flights is excellent, but spending more time interacting with our AI assistants than with our families and friends would be unhealthy and should be avoided.
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