Beyond the Tech: What Does An AI-Optimized Society Look Like?

by Nick Shah
January 11, 2024

Are we going to be taking holidays on Mars by 2050? 

Or living in a cyber-dystopia run by sentient robots?  

Commentary on the ongoing AI boom has been extreme from the get-go. From doom and gloom prediction of the imminent collapse of human civilization to over-the-top fantasies of an impossibly bright AI utopia, I’ve read it all this last year.  

But the one thing I think is sorely lacking is a measured discourse on how we can expect our lives—personal and professional—to change, in the near future. Humanity may well be holidaying on the Moon in the 22nd century but that is far less exciting than the possibility that healthcare will become more affordable and accessible within the next decade.   

Putting sci-fi and long-term possibilities aside, what changes can we expect to see in how we work and learn? 

Before diving in, we need to acknowledge certain realities: 

1. AI Has Already Taken Over 

It’s a remarkable achievement for a brand when it becomes synonymous with a function it performs. Like the phrase “just Google it.” Or “I need a Xerox of these papers”- a common substitute for photocopying in parts of the world.  

This is exactly where the phrase “ChatGPT it” is headed.  

Though our understanding of AI’s impact is still evolving, and legislation is still under development, the fact is that AI is already a reality in our workplaces and subconscious. AI tools exist today and are being widely used. In IT, from cybersecurity to product development, AI has already changed the way we work. 

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