Is Artificial Intelligence Taking Over?

By Abby Bellaus

Artificial intelligence was valued at $136.55 billion in 2022 and is predicted to expand at an annual growth rate of 37.3% from 2023 to 2030, according to Grand View Research. The rapid growth of artificial intelligence will reshape human interactions and the performance of daily tasks. 

According to Timothy Scholtz, a third-year computer engineering student at the University at Buffalo, “I think it’s incredibly useful and beneficial; however, most people seem oblivious to it and its use.”

There are numerous ways in which people may have used artificial intelligence, often without knowing it. People may have used the Google browser, scrolled through a social media platform, requested Siri to initiate a phone call, or even had a conversation with the new Snapchat AI. 

Computer intelligence has altered many aspects of the social environment. There are extensive discussions regarding whether these advancements in artificial intelligence are beneficial or if they pose a risk to user privacy. 

Artificial intelligence holds a significant influence on educational institutions and how teachers perform their roles. According to Daemen University’s Position Statement on the Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence Tools, artificial intelligence can be useful in formative research, the formation of ideas, and academic resources. 

According to Greg Ford, Dean of Health Professions, artificial intelligence is beneficial in secondary and elementary education along with higher education. It helps create efficiency in lesson planning as well as parent-teacher communication for the student’s well-being. 

Though artificial intelligence is beneficial in numerous aspects of education, there may still be concerns when it is applied in educational contexts. 

 According to Ford, one of the biggest challenges with artificial intelligence is academic dishonesty. Ford states, “It’s really meant to build on your own creative thinking and your own work, not do it for you.”

Some colleges and universities have created limitations to prevent students from using artificial intelligence on assignments. However, according to Daemen University’s Position Statement on the Use of Generative Artificial Intelligence Tools, the teachers have academic freedom in sanctioning the use of artificial intelligence for assignments within a course. 

Artificial intelligence is set up in a way that is customized to your specific preferences and needs. With a simple click of a button, users can effortlessly access answers, suggestions, or entertainment based on their preferences.

Scholtz explains that artificial intelligence uses recommendation algorithms, content recognition, and content filters to direct it to specific audiences to increase viewership. After collecting data, artificial intelligence then provides ads, videos, and other content that is based on your interests. 

Companies are increasingly implementing artificial intelligence due to competition and advantages of artificial intelligence. Legislators and policymakers are noticing the increase in artificial intelligence. Despite the growth of artificial intelligence, there is currently a lack of federal regulations, with only proposed regulatory frameworks. 

Scholtz stated that artificial intelligence doesn’t “inherently pose data privacy or security risk,” nevertheless, there are constraints, including data privacy policies aimed at protecting users’ personal information. 

Even though there are policies that protect users, technology is constantly advancing, and this is just the beginning of artificial intelligence’s potential. Many aspects of technology change over time and so will the limitations.

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