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  • Writer's pictureDawon (Cherry) Shin

Over-Reliance on AIs

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

Dawon Shin

Especially after COVID-19, AIs became essential to boost productivity and track the spread of COVID-19. Virtual classrooms, virtual meetings, virtual games, virtual programs, and virtual communities are all powered by AIs. In addition, everyone has phones we rely on for every minute of our life that AIs also power: it’s a lie if none of us used Siri, google maps, google search, easily accessible entertainment, personalized services in social media, weather apps, auto-correct or proofreading when we write emails to our teachers.

We also rely on these AIs in a broader term. Navigation through the global positioning systems also known as GPS for road, underground, and air, deep sea oil exploration in reduced costs to find oil and gas to power our electricity are just a few of the examples where we depend on AIs to power our lives. However, these AIs depend on the humans who created and trained them. They intrude on our privacy due to their uncontrollable desire for data. Wrong predictions can even lead to life-threatening events such as oil spills. Our reliance on them for predicting the future hinders societal advancement, creativity, and decision makings. If this technology falls into the wrong hands, for example, cybercriminals, it threatens our safety. We should never let policing be handled automated, and protect our jobs and security from these manmade creatures.

Nevertheless, we have to admit: there are definitely a lot of benefits we receive from these creations as well. One recent example is ChatGPT, which is an artificial intelligence chatbot developed by OpenAI. Even though it was only released 5 months ago, they’re already assisting our public health and education. According to the National Library of Medicine, ChatGPT has the “potential to support individuals and communities in making informed decisions about their health” through the ability to generate human-like text quickly. It even illustrates the potential for medical education and research through virtual patient simulations, critiques of doctor and patient simulations, summaries of research articles, and more. It is also capable of providing useful tools and proofreading our drafts. ChatGPT can provide you with essay outlines, research, learning, and practice support and suggestions. However, these devices contain racist and corrupt ideas that may impact us negatively as well.

Every text and every book has a bias, and these AIs are able to replicate human bias from the sources they retrieve from and has the capability to release racist output. We shouldn’t rely on these AIs for education or medical advice, as they wouldn’t be reliable sources for students without any expertise that can easily be swayed by AIs that they believe are superior. We do not know how these generated writings and texts may be used, such as in essays such as plagiarism, or to the public who do not have any knowledge of this area of the field. We must stop relying on these AIs, but rely on humans with expertise and the capacity to make logical processes.

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