Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most revolutionary technologies of our time, and has the potential to change our whole society. AI is the shortcut from unmanageable volumes of data to decisive climate action, autonomous vehicles, and life-saving healthcare innovations. But AI also raises various concerns. Daniel Gillblad, Senior AI Researcher at RISE, provides answers to the most frequently asked questions online regarding AI.
Will AI take my job?
“Probably not, most of the AI we will use will support us in our day-to-day lives and work. There are some professional categories that could perhaps become fully automated, but they are relatively few. It will mostly just support us as people.”
Will AI replace doctors?
“Some of what doctors do, most certainly. It may be possible to automate large parts of diagnosis, either replace fully with AI or at least partially, but machines will not be able to replace much of what doctors do for a long time.”
Will AI be smarter than humans?
“There’s nothing saying that AI cannot become as intelligent as humans. In any case, we are not aware of any such limitations. But we’re still far off from that. To be able to build an AI that is more or less as smart as a human being will require a lot of advancements to be made, and we’re not entirely sure of how that will be achieved.”
What will AI be used for?
“We will be able to use AI essentially anywhere we want to automate things or help things that can reinforce our intelligence, if it can be put like that. Particulars for areas where we can collect huge volumes of data and similar that people aren’t perhaps that good at – like counting fast – and for things we truly can strengthen with artificial intelligence.”
Will AI save the climate?
“AI will help to save the climate – I believe that AI will be a bit of a shortcut in saving the climate. When it comes to the climate and sustainable transition right now, a lot has to do with making sure we use our resources more efficiently. In this, AI is an invaluable tool for ensuring that we, at all times, utilise the best solutions and the right things at the right place.”
How will AI affect society?
“AI will have a fundamental effect on society; we will be able to do new things in terms of managing resources for healthcare, traffic and similar. We will get much smarter and faster help, such as for diagnostics in healthcare and similar, as well as completely new services and possibilities.”
Will AI take over the world?
“I don’t think that AI will take over the world – unless you mean that AI will be everywhere in all the systems we use in our daily lives and so on. In that case, AI will take over the world. But we will not become slaves to a colossal global AI or something – that won’t happen.”
Will AI work?
“AI is already working in countless areas; we use it daily, for example, whenever we Google something there is extensive AI functionality that helps us find information, but AI will be found in more and more places.”
Will AI be dangerous?
“AI can certainly be used for dangerous things, such as smart weapons systems and similar. But a lot rests on how we decide to use this very powerful technology.”