There seems to be a growing public backlash against open artificial intelligence augmentation across wide strata of society today, and for good reason.
But is it merely the predictable response of a highly reactive public? A public many could argue that have been trained to be fearful and hostile over the last 25 years to the crisis du jour in American life, whatever it might be?
Or is it too little, too late?
Resist AI? You’re Already Using It
And, they’re already using it against you. Let me count the ways.
Open artificial intelligence augmentation (AI augmentation) rapidly developing and expanding into many aspects of our lives.
From traffic cameras to toll-by-plate on your freeway with a nationwide data collection system to boot (the DMV being a prime example), you’re already being tracked and held to scrutiny under an unfeeling, automated microscope.
Ways AI is Already Being Used For and Against You
Artificial intelligence (AI) is already widely being used in a variety of ways by modern cities and governments in America.
Here are some examples:
- Customer service: AI-powered chatbots are being used to provide 24/7 customer service for citizens. These chatbots can answer questions, resolve issues, and even make appointments.
- Public safety: AI is being used to improve public safety in a number of ways. For example, AI-powered cameras can be used to monitor traffic and detect crime. AI can also be used to analyze data from social media and other sources to identify potential threats.
- Transportation: AI is being used to improve transportation systems. For example, AI can be used to optimize traffic signals, plan routes for autonomous vehicles, and predict demand for public transportation.
- Home Consumer Products: With the implementation of creature comfort-enchancing and convenient devices like Alexa or today’s modern fleet of affordable, AI powered automated mops and floor cleaners, Lara says people are being faced with a very difficult scenario, choosing principle over convenience. And when faced with a dirty floor at home to clean with a standard mop or a patio and a bottle of wine and a robot butler, we know which one they’re likely to choose, just going off the trends.
- Waste management: AI is being used to improve waste management. For example, AI can be used to track waste collection vehicles, identify illegal dumping, and optimize recycling programs.
- Healthcare: AI is being used to improve healthcare. For example, AI can be used to diagnose diseases, recommend treatments, and personalize care plans.
- Education: AI is being used to improve education. For example, AI can be used to provide personalized tutoring, grade essays, and create adaptive learning materials.
- Sustainability: AI is being used to improve sustainability. For example, AI can be used to optimize energy use, reduce water consumption, and track pollution levels.
These are just a few examples of how AI is being used by modern cities and governments in America. As AI technology continues to develop, we can expect to see even more innovative and creative applications of AI in the public sector.
Which American Cities Are Heavily Using AI Right Now
Here are some specific examples of how AI is being used in different cities in the United States:
- New York City: New York City is using AI to improve public safety, transportation, and sustainability. For example, the city is using AI-powered cameras to detect crime and traffic violations. It is also using AI to optimize traffic signals and plan routes for autonomous vehicles. And the city is using AI to track waste collection vehicles and identify illegal dumping.
- Chicago: Chicago is using AI to improve healthcare, education, and public safety. For example, the city is using AI to provide personalized tutoring for students, grade essays, and identify potential crime hotspots.
- Baltimore: Baltimore installed microphones to record the sound of firearms being discharged in neighborhoods a few years ago.
- Los Angeles: Los Angeles is using AI crime detecting robots to patrol the streets now too. They’ve been using that one place where people accidentally turn off Route 1 in Malibu to collect tax revenue for not coming to a complete stop in a completely empty county park too for as long as I can remember, too.
These are just a few examples of how AI is being used by cities in the United States. As AI technology continues to develop, we can expect to see even more innovative and creative applications of AI in cities across the country.
The debate over open AI augmentation is likely to continue for many years to come. It is a complex issue with no easy answers. However, it is important to have a public conversation about the potential risks and benefits of AI augmentation so that we can make informed decisions about its future.
Valid Concerns About the Real Dangers of AI Held Even by Experts
Here are some of the specific concerns that have been raised about open AI augmentation:
- Job displacement: AI augmentation could lead to job displacement in some sectors, as machines become capable of performing tasks that are currently done by humans. This could lead to increased unemployment and social unrest. This is why people like Elon Musk, who otherwise appear conservative, argue for a UBI or universal basic income.
- Increased inequality: AI augmentation could further widen the gap between the rich and the poor, as those who can afford to access AI augmentation would have a significant advantage over those who cannot. The wealthy will be able to benefit from AI efficiency at a greater rate than the plebes.
- Existential risks: Some experts have warned that AI augmentation could pose an existential risk to humanity, if it becomes capable of self-replication or self-improvement beyond human control. What if AI gets sick of our shit? It’s bound to happen.
These are just some of the concerns that have been raised about open AI augmentation. It is important to weigh these concerns carefully against the potential benefits of AI augmentation before making any decisions about its future.