THE use of artificial intelligence (AI) is expected to expand and change global economic activity, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report that indicated 50 percent of respondents expect technology to become commercially disruptive by the end of 2024. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), however, had words of caution, saying AI remains a threat to 60 percent of global jobs.
The light and dark sides of AI have been in the public spotlight for many years. Think facial recognition, algorithms making loan and sentencing recommendations, and medical image analysis. But the impressive – and sometimes scary – capabilities of ChatGPT, DALL-E 2 and other conversational and image-conjuring artificial intelligence programs feel like a turning point.