And you’re observing the world around you changing faster than ever. The world you exist in is different from the world you were born into. That’s more true now than ever. The AI revolution is here, and you have the opportunity to be part of it. In fact, you might not have another option. You can choose to embrace it. If you do, you'll be able to ride the AI wave into a future of prosperity. If you don't, you'll be left behind in a soon-to-be desolate past.
You will exist, but you won’t thrive.
Because you’re human.
So what’s holding you back?
Fear. Uncertainty. Hesitancy. Worry.
Your feelings are valid. Here’s why.
How AI could affect you
You're wired to stay alive and your goal is to keep your family alive. Your ability to keep you and your family alive is dependent on your ability to acquire resources. You worry about your job security because artificial intelligence is becoming more prevalent and sophisticated. With each passing day, AI is capable of completing more tasks that were once considered the domain of humans. For example, AI can now write articles, provide customer service, and even drive cars. It will begin making decisions for companies, communities, and even you.
As AI continues to evolve, there will be an increasingly smaller need for human workers. I know what you’re thinking: this could lead to mass unemployment and a decrease in the standard of living for many people.
You’re right, this could be bad.
How AI could affect America
AI could potentially disrupt many industries and occupations. For instance, jobs that involve repetitive tasks or simple data analysis are likely to be taken over by AI in the future. This could lead to large-scale unemployment and social instability.
America will see an increase in job automation, making many jobs obsolete. There’s also going to be a rise in the number of AI-related accidents. Humans make mistakes. Our creation will also make mistakes. Nothing humans design is perfect. If you think mass integration of AI could destabilize the country, you’re right.
How AI could affect humanity
If you’re like most, you are also likely to believe AI poses an existential threat to humanity. If AI gets smarter, it will eventually become uncontrollable and could turn against us. Why wouldn’t it? Every species is hypersensitive to its greatest threat. We could be AI’s greatest threat. AI could be our greatest threat.
Couldn’t a nation weaponize AI against rival nations?
There are millions of people who share your concerns. In fact, it’d be difficult to even find an AI enthusiast who wouldn’t.
Let this assure you. You’re not alone in your fears. In fact, you’re designed to be fearful, worrisome, and skeptical of the AI revolution.
Let’s look at what is driving your fears and hesitancy in embracing a world of AI
Humans are designed to be resistant to novelty, new technology and new concepts. This is because we are creatures of habit. As much as we are creatures of innovation, we prefer routine and familiarity.
The fear of novelty is a natural human instinct that stems from our evolutionary need to be wary of new things. Our ancestors survived in a dangerous world by being cautious of anything new they came across. They didn't want to put themselves in harm's way by accidentally stumbling into a dangerous situation. Today, we're still drawn to new things, but we're also afraid of them because we don't know what they'll entail. It's a natural human instinct to be both curious and afraid of new things.
This is especially true if the new concept is something that could potentially have a negative impact on some peoples’ lives. Our brains are wired to perceive potential negatives before potential positives because the negatives could result in an end to life, while the positives would only result in a better life. Therefore, negatives carry more significance.
Humanity follows a pattern when it comes to innovation.
If you look at the world today compared to when you were born, you'll see that it has changed a lot technologically. This difference is greater than any other generation that's come before you. The next generation will have an even greater difference.
That’s because we create and solve problems. It’s what we do. All new things come with risks, but we adjust, we manage, and we move forward.
Skepticism, fear, and worry exist at the intersection of the creation and implementation of all technological advancements.
Consider the telephone. Many were skeptical about phones when they were invented because they were afraid of the technology and where it might lead. They thought that phones would be a distraction, inefficient, and lead to less face to face interaction.
They were right.
Consider the internet. People were afraid that the internet would be used for evil purposes such as hacking and cyber-crime.
They were right.
Consider television. People worried it would result in less physical activity and productivity in the typical person’s day.
They were right.
But do people still fear these things?
No. These technologies have become ubiquitous in society and enable many of the activities that we take for granted. While there are some problems associated with them, the benefits of these technologies far outweigh the negatives. They have become an essential part of our lives and have revolutionized society. You’ve witnessed the creation and integration of new technology into our society before. AI is humanity continuing the innovation pattern.
Yes, artificial intelligence is a problem that we face today, but it will also serve as the foundation to solving many of the problems we face today and in the future.
The Adam’s Law of Slow Moving Disasters suggests that as long as humans can see future problems off in the distance, they will solve them. We always figure it out. Human ingenuity is one of our greatest features. New jobs will be made. Prosperity will be shared. America will strengthen. Humanity will thrive.
Creation. Prosperity. Strength.
You and the rest of humanity will be in a better place because of AI.
So it only follows that you embrace AI. Choose to be a part of it.
You don’t have to be afraid.