Technology and Culture
Artificial intelligence (AI) will be the
next frontier in the technologically
Humans have love-hate
relationships with their cultures.
Nevertheless, what AI presents at this point in
time, is something new in the technological
sphere and therefore, it is prudent to think
critically about the technology.
Problems to Which AI seeks to Remedy
• AI can predict cancer patients who
can benefit from a particular drug
therefore enabling the
personalization of treatment.
• AI technology can be able to bring a
future where humans learn in ways
that are personalized.
• AI seeks to help humanity to
Conservation be smart with about energy.
• AI can track animal
The Healthcare Problem
• In particular, AI comes in handy
within the healthcare fields of
cardiology, neurology, radiology and
• AI is able to model how energy is
generated by resources which are
renewable, improve forecasting as
well as comprehend energy
People and Institutions that might be
Harmed by AI
jobs in The
Security guards, receptionists, accountants,
telemarketers, rental and counter clerks’
Middle class jobs
New Problems that might be Created by AI
• The bigger
question will be
how wealth that
has been created
by machines be
• The more
the more likely it
can be used for
both good and
• Adversaries are not
the only concerns that
come as a result of AI
• humans can imagine
an AI technology as a
“genie in the bottle”
which can fulfil a
wish but with adverse
The Context of AI as an “evil genie”
An AI technology is
asked to eradicate a
particular type of cancer
on the planet.
Thorough computation, the AI
system comes up with a
solution or formula which
indeed, completely eradicates
cancer from the world-by
killing everyone who has
cancer on the globe.
The machine will have
fulfilled its goal of
eradicating cancer in a
manner that is very
effective and efficient but
not in the manner in which
human beings had
People and Institutions that Might Acquire Special
Economic and Political Power Because of Technological
The people and
institutions that may
political and economic
power due to the
are AI manufacturing
companies and their
• Manufacturers of the AI
systems are likely to
obtain special economic
powers through the
and sale of the systems.
Changes in Language Being Enforced by New
Technologies and what is being gained and lost by
AI is helping human beings to organize their lives through systems such as the virtual personal
assistants like Siri.
Human beings are now conversing with artificial intelligence technologies which is now
impacting how humans use language.
Humans are curt when it comes to interactions with AI systems
Perhaps, humanity will learn to communicate with increased clarity.
An addition of AI to language is that humans will be able to talk to people from
other languages through translation.
AI has deprived language of its nuance due to its nature of being imprecise.
• AI is a very interesting field in technology that seems to be occupying or
will be occupying every aspect of the human life in the future.
• In the quest of solving the existing problems-efficiency, convenience,
safety, security among other things-it is important to take a step back or
least to say, looking at the technology while bearing in mind the prophetic
line by Erich Fromm, “what we use is not ours simply because we use it.”
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