In the past few years that we have made great strides in how we analyze and implement artificial intelligence, we have found ourselves thinking about the future and how we can be more productive and reliant on technology to help us with everyday tasks.
There is a panel that assembles every five years to observe how far we’ve come with AI, as well as how to improve it going forward. The panel, which is made up of experts in AI, law, political science, policy, and economics, first met last year to discuss how artificial intelligence will impact American cities within the next decade. In their report, they discussed several key ways artificial intelligence will mold the future of the average American by 2030.
Improving our education system
In the very near future, we will see ourselves teaching each other without the necessity of a classroom thanks to advances in technology and AI. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) will be implemented to offer more personalized educational resources to individuals.
Computers and AI-based applications won’t replace human teachers, but instead allow for students to learn at their own pace by using the tools they find necessary. Artificial intelligence will also learn how students retain information. It will use this to layout the best path for the child so that they can learn in the best way.
Virtual reality will also let students place themselves in fictional or historical worlds for more hands-on learning (in a sense). By utilizing devices like VR headsets in education, teachers and students can both how, when, and what they teach and learn respectively. Digital reading devices will become much smarter too, linking to supplementary information and translating between languages.
More accessible healthcare
Healthcare is much more dependent on laws and regulations than any other aspect of our world that can be impacted by artificial intelligence. Possibilities of AI in healthcare require access to data, but the FDA has failed to find solutions to the difficult problem of balancing privacy and access to data. Using electronic health records has also been hard to execute.
If we can get past these obstacles, AI could automate the legwork of diagnostics by comparing what we know about science and medicine to patient records that are stored electronically. This would mean we wouldn’t have a need for human data mining, but could find a better use for people in the healthcare industry that would be more impactful.
Apps on smartphones and wearables have already seen a lot of improvements in health and fitness, and we could see much more within the next few years. Robotics will also be used more in real-world scenarios like operations and basic medical procedures.
Making AI more available
Inner cities and communities with fewer resources may also see some big changes. Using artificial intelligence to analyze data within these areas will help government officials use better judgment when allocating resources, improving infrastructure, and preparing for hazardous changes in weather.
This will take quite a bit of funding to make it happen, though. Right now, these areas don’t have a lot of money, therefore they can’t exactly make any of this a reality just yet. If the government is willing to give these financial resources to these communities, they could experience from very positive changes.
There are many areas in which artificial intelligence will impact us as citizens within the next 10 to 15 years. Over the next few weeks, we’ll examine just what kind of great things can be accomplished if we really dig deep in AI and use it for good.