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All About Artificial Intelligence

By Bree Volker

All About Artificial Intelligence - a woman's face with ones and zeros and computer screens fading off to the right of her face

Have you been wondering about all the AI hype lately?

First of all, what the heck is it, even?

Artificial Intelligence is an area of computer science that takes large data sets of information, and then runs predictive algorithms against it to create outputs and estimations based on data prompts from a human user or computer program.

A process diagram on how artificial intelligence works

Generative AI is artificial intelligence technology designed to produce certain media from a given prompt. It can produce media such as music, art, text, and even video games. Generative AI creates an original product based on similar data it has pulled from the internet. The concept was first brought to public light by Alan Turing in 1944, when he said, "What we want is a machine that can learn from experience." A successful version was developed in 1951 by Christopher Strachey.

One of the most popular Generative AI tools right now is called DALL·E 2. This Generative AI platform generates high-quality pictures and visuals from prompts. The other is ChatGPT, which gives conversational answers to questions asked by human users. This act is called, "Prompt Engineering," and it's a very useful skill to develop. The cool thing about AI is that the results depend on the quality of the prompt given. A more detailed prompt will provide a more specific output.

Some other common examples of AI range from Alexa Devices to Google Translate. These new adoptions of AI are opening a whole new world of discovery and innovation for technology.

Although AI is forging a new era in technology, there are still unknowns and negative contributions attached to its use. AI can do some of the same work as humans, only at a faster rate along with a more detailed result. This could mean AI will take over certain jobs, leaving more unemployment in certain industries. AI is also incredibly expensive for businesses to use right now, so it isn't yet an effective option for some fields.

It also comes with the risk of making mistakes and imperfections. Researchers try to implement guidelines when making AI, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will follow them every time. Generative AI has also caused problems in education with students using AI to create essays or finish homework for them. If this technology is used the wrong way, there could be tremendous consequences. Certain AI can produce such high-quality images or media that it can be hard to distinguish what is real or fake. These are called "Deep Fakes." There is nothing stopping people from creating fake images with AI and spreading them around. All of that said, when used for good, AI holds the potential to become a most fundamental tool in technology development.

There is no limit to what we can create and accomplish with artificial intelligence. Many experts agree that AI will never fully replace human jobs because it requires prompts and guidance to produce everything. Instead of AI harming jobs, it can be used as a tool to improve performance and profits for many different industries. Many brands have already been successful in implementing AI, using it for advertisements and packaging of products.

AI has also proven to be a great tool for coding due to its ability to work at such a fast pace. Now it’s easier than ever to create movies, stock photos, and the social media that we use today. AI is even being used in the medical field, using medical data that has been programmed into its software to keep track of patients' symptoms and determine what the likely diagnosis may be. AI can predict trends that have proven to help in driving down healthcare costs as well. AI will also aid drug discovery at an easier and faster rate.

The future of artificial intelligence is largely unknown, but some aspects are predictable.

It is estimated that the AI market will increase by around thirty percent by 2026, bringing in a profit of over ninety-eight billion dollars. As we can see, AI has been effective in numerous fields and will continue to do so in the future. It will soon be advancing use cases in manufacturing because of its ability to process and determine what material is best for each project. AI is already being used in our daily life experiences such as Netflix, Spotify, and even ad recommendations. Researchers predict that similar technology will be made for our social interactions and customer service.

Generative AI is improving every day and most certainly is the technology of the future.


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