With emerging technologies’ rapid development, the future of AI seems to be brighter than ever. Dubbed the king of technology, Artificial Intelligence already affects virtually all areas of life and many aspects of the digital world. And the best is still to come.
Soon, there will be no escape from AI. Business processes and decision-making, facial recognition, autonomous cars, software and content creation, distance learning, and home security systems – are only some of the areas already supported by AI technologies. But AI in the future is to make even more noise and enter the daily lives of millions in even more ways. For example, the total spending on artificial intelligence technologies – by governments or companies of all sizes – is to exceed a staggering $500 billion in 2023, the IDC report indicated.
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Artificial intelligence in a nutshell
A branch of computer science, artificial intelligence can be called intelligence demonstrated by machines (computers or robots) that are trying to mimic human reasoning and perform tasks commonly associated with humans. Ever-increasing and evolving, AI’s applications are almost limitless.
AI systems – through a growing number of useful tools – help marketers, lawyers, health industry researchers, and other professionals representing knowledge industries filter and analyze huge datasets. AI’s development also supports programmers in certain ways, such as bug fixing and providing coding auto-completion suggestions.
Artificial intelligence belongs to emerging technologies, along with nanotechnology, biotechnology, robotics, 3D printing, and gene therapy – to name but a few intriguing domains that have been in the limelight recently. On top of that, AI has types – such as narrow AI – and subfields, like machine learning and its subset, called deep learning.
There are huge hopes regarding AI’s use. In the next decades, it is supposed to largely eliminate birth defects, blindness and deafness, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, make primary diagnoses, and do X-Rays – and these are only breakthroughs related to health care!
Sounds nice, but what can we expect in the foreseeable future, like 2023?
Top 7 AI predictions for 2023
As for artificial intelligence in the future, we may certainly count on pushing the limits – in terms of expanding AI’s applications, increasing the amount of money spent, as well as progress and achievements made.
Prediction 1: AI will become more accessible and affordable
Despite AI’s growing importance over the last few years, there are organizations and brands that have been wary of adopting AI-based tools in their daily businesses. This, however, is bound to change in 2023 – due to rising prices. AI adoption – resulting in increasing productivity and lowering costs – can certainly relieve some of the cost-push inflation’s pains.
Another reason for this „democratization” may be AI’s price drop. As AI expands so smoothly and quickly, access to various AI-driven tools simply gets easier and cheaper. For instance, the cost of a robotic arm dropped almost by half in recent years – from $42,000 in 2017 to 22,600 in 2021.
Prediction 2: AI’s corporate adoption will be all-encompassing
Of course, these will still be mainly big organizations among AI’s users, but its adoption will be truly all-encompassing, with artificial intelligence able to underpin virtually all aspects of a company’s existence. Strategic AI models will be implemented by a huge number of businesses and artificial intelligence will be commonly discussed on the board level.
What will be, then, bots’ daily duties? AI-based machines will write code and create content, enhance products, streamline supply chains, and contact existing and potential clients. According to Gartner, as much as 30% of outbound messages sent by large organizations will be generated synthetically by 2025.
Prediction 3: AI will not replace programmers (yet)
Despite the fear that some programmers share, that AI will eventually replace software developers, it’s not going to happen any time soon. Yes, there is the famous AI tool called GPT-3 – the natural language model that enables writing code (as well as „seemingly natural” fiction of any kind), but there are many constraints in its practical and flawless use.
For example, OpenAI’s new ChatGPT tool, meant to generate text that appears to be man-made, turned out not to be foolproof but able to generate incorrect, biased, or harmful information. For this reason, as „the average rate of getting correct answers from ChatGPT is too low”, Stack Overflow has temporarily banned its use.
Used as code completion and generation software, AI tools like GPT-3 cannot address problems, prioritize tasks, answer tricky questions, or solve complex problems. Programmers will still have to do it in 2023, however, their role will gradually become more analytical, with AI algorithms creating software one day.
Prediction 4: AI will help fight climate change
Climate change has grave consequences affecting societies and economic systems worldwide. Extreme weather events get more and more severe and frequent, which results in huge financial losses as an immediate effect, and inflation rises in the long run.
This is a very hot topic that requires action now, and, luckily, in 2023, AI will still fight climate change in many ways. Some of them embrace monitoring deforestation, improving power storage, and reducing energy waste, as well as measuring and cutting global greenhouse gas emissions. AI’s climate-related applications will also include predicting renewable power output, designing more energy-efficient buildings, improving energy efficiency, and even telling which buildings are energy-efficient from the outside – using images from satellites and Google Street View.
Prediction 5: AI will be used more in arts, copywriting, and entertainment
With artificial intelligence on board, computers can now write original prose or poetry, music, plays, and video games, not to mention copy for marketers or business owners who deploy AI to save time and money.
Only one of such AI content generators, Copy.ai, which promises to „deliver premium results in seconds”, already has over 4,000,000 professionals using it. With other tools like this appearing in the market on and on, we may expect a sharp rise in the number of content generators’ users in 2023.
Also, there’s an area called AI dubbing – synthetic or automatic – that lets you voice over videos in dozens of different languages with synthetic speech. This way, movies can be dubbed in the voice of top actors that may appear to speak any language. In the internationalization and localization era, that’s obviously another area to expect a huge increase in 2023.
Prediction 6: AI will improve health care greatly
We may still have to wait quite some time for huge AI-related technological breakthroughs in medicine but certain important developments in this regard will already be in the cards in 2023. Alleviating procedures and accelerating processes can make it all different for doctors and patients alike – as they will all benefit from improving workflows.
Many people already know – and use – remote healthcare monitoring devices, like hassle-free wearables, but further improvements in this area are coming. Soon, data flow and detailed analyses will be quicker to allow faster diagnoses and predicting patient outcomes. AI will also help tackle medical workforce shortages as well as the burden of medical documentation, and reduce the average waiting time to see a physician by 25%.
Prediction 7: AI will have to fight ethical concerns
Lastly, despite all the hopes for future developments, such as healthcare improvements and other important advancements, AI systems and technologies will probably still be perceived as ethically questionable, and potentially risky – even for humankind as a whole.
Certainly, AI applications bring hope but, on the other hand, they may raise serious ethical concerns. One of the major controversies refers to the vision that AI’s intelligent agents may eventually get out of control while being able to imitate human behavior, or human intelligence, and act as an unpredictable human being.
Visions of autonomous weapons or robots taking over the world may seem exaggerated for some people, but it’s also scientists working on AI who raise concerns. For instance, 36% of artificial intelligence researchers believe that AI could cause global disaster on the scale of nuclear war – yet in this century.
Such distant scenarios are definitely mind-blowing and mind-boggling. But to make AI future brighter yet in 2023, artificial intelligence needs to become more transparent and explainable for possible users as sensitive data is often involved and decisions made with AI tools are expected to be fair, with bias eliminated.
The future of AI – key takeaways
Undeniably and inevitably, AI is the future. Thanks to artificial intelligence, many impressive, cutting-edge developments are not science fiction anymore. AI enables a data-driven approach – gathering, analyzing, and interpreting huge datasets – to tackle and manage burning issues efficiently and way faster than when it would have been only done by humans.
And because the world today relies heavily on data, the future of artificial intelligence seems to be even more promising than its presence. This discipline develops so quickly that we’ll probably be astonished by some new and interesting outcomes in each year to come, and 2023 will be no exception here.
But will these developments be real game-changers? Time will tell.
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