As our investment in technology is increasing, our world is updated by new technologies that benefit our daily life. In some countries, robots are beginning to deliver food and services, work in factories, and do things that human cannot do. Soon, we may see human-like robots talking to humans as if they have real brains and intellectual ability, or mimicking our facial impressions as if they have real feelings of satisfaction and anger. AI is on its way to our life.

AI is short for Artificial Intelligence, which is defined as a system learning from external data, and using those learnings to achieve goals and tasks through flexible adaption. An example of AI is AlphaGo, a computer system designed by Google that beat the top professional player in China. It uses complicated algorithms to enhance its predictions of its rival and its speed of calculations. Its accuracy impressed the whole world. The existence of AlphaGo triggers our interest in exploring more about AI: what more fascinating things can we invent using technology? In what field can we utilize it to maximize our profit? How are we going to change our lives using AI? Then people begin to dig deeper and come up with robots that can mimic movement, and human-like robots that can talk with people just like friends. With more development, facial recognition technology becomes popular. Now, we can use facial recognition to unlock our phone, buy things in the vending machine, pay for our groceries. Lives become easier with AI, but that’s when things twist.

With AI, ethical problems are ringing in people’s mind: If we have a robot that looks and talks like a human, more intriguing, if it has we entitle it with intelligence, is it a human? What are the boundaries between robots and humans? For the facial recognition technology, the technology may not be a hundred percent accurate. What if someone has a similar face and log in one’s phone? Our privacy may not be as protected.

Though there are many on-going debates about whether we should continue to investigate AI and there are many grey areas, in my opinion, AI has so many benefits that we cannot ignore it. By setting strict regulations, governments can at some point prevent problems and eliminate ethical questions.

Yuntong Zhang

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