AI in the Metaverse
If you’re not familiar with the term, the Metaverse is a 3D virtual world that allows people to interact in real time. It’s a place where you can create things, go shopping and attend virtual events, as well as play games. More importantly, the Metaverse is enabling people to build a separate identity for themselves (one that’s completely independent of their physical body), which opens up ways to connect with others that have never existed before.
You might think of this as simply a new incarnation of Second Life or Sims Online—and sure enough, it shares some similarities with those games—but it’s much more than that. In fact, experts believe it will eventually become an entirely new layer of reality for all humans
The rise of data kingdoms
Individuals will be able to curate and rent out their data, creating a marketplace for personal data. But individuals won’t be the only ones in control of their own data.
Companies will increasingly recognize that their data can be used as leverage to open up new revenue streams, and they will compete in a global economy to cut better deals with other companies that are interested in leveraging it.
This is already happening, but it’s going to increase as more organizations realize what use there is for their own proprietary information. As you might imagine, this could cause tension between governments and corporations.
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AI to support human creativity
AI is already being used to create original works of art. The best known example is Google’s Deep Dream, which uses machine learning to generate images that appear surreal and disturbing. While these images are highly creative and visually stimulating, they are also thought-provoking in how they make humans reflect on their own perceptions of the world.
Another area where AI has been making a splash has been in generating art that is more meaningful to humans than rendering abstract shapes or paintings by hand. Artists take advantage of so-called generative AI, which allows a computer program to generate new artwork that can be original and unique. Generative AI has therefore enabled artists to explore new ideas, communicate with each other across multiple time zones, and even have an impact on the world beyond being viewed as pretty pictures on your phone or computer.
Using AI to fight disinformation and misinformation
The next time you encounter disinformation, pay attention to how it makes you feel. If it’s an emotional moment, it’s probably not accidental. Emotional responses are the lifeblood of disinformation campaigns.
It’s hard to combat a sophisticated adversary who is constantly adapting and evolving. But there are particular AI-based technologies that can help. The first step is for people to understand the problem and be aware of their susceptibility to manipulation by bad actors who aim to profit from our ignorance and emotionality.
In order to stay ahead of the curve, we must expand efforts around education and awareness of what disinformation is, why it exists, why it’s harmful and how we can inoculate ourselves against its adverse effects on our society as a whole.
Fairness and transparency in AI algorithms
The European Union, for example, has proposed a law requiring AI developers to draft and adhere to a fairness-in-design policy for their algorithms. Such a policy would include steps taken to ensure the data used in training performs equally well on all groups of people it affects, regardless of age, race, gender identity, sexual orientation or religion. The results produced by the algorithm would be nonbiased and nondiscriminatory and could not be used in automated decisions within employment, credit scoring or immigration law.
Those are just two examples of how regulatory bodies around the world are weighing in on AI ethics. As technology continues to develop at breakneck speed (which it will), more requirements will likely come into play regarding transparency and accountability.
The future of artificial intelligence is filled with exciting opportunities.
The future of artificial intelligence is filled with exciting opportunities. AI will continue to improve our lives and seek out new ways to help us in ways that we never could have imagined. AI will give us tools from weather forecasts, to finding cures for diseases and helping us understand the world around us better. But what is most important about this technology is that it is not a replacement for the human mind, but rather a tool used by humans to improve their own lives and those around them.