Just recently, Apple announced in iOS 12 Siri’s AI system will become much smarter by learning your daily habits and phone usage patterns to create a more personalized experience. iOS 12 will also help you moderate your phone and mobile app usage in efforts to reduce the addiction most people have to their devices. Similar features will also be included in Google’s Android and Microsoft’s upcoming operating system updates scheduled to be released later this year.
The intent of these AI-powered features seem to come from a good place, whereas, research statistics are now showing excessive usage of smartphones and digital media consumption are having negative effects on our social behavior and now demand some form of intervention to minimize or reverse the effects.
While some people embrace these advancements, others are becoming more skeptical and concerned. Technology companies in general unanimously agree artificial intelligence will be the best solution for the digital device addiction. But at what cost to your privacy and psychological resilience? After all, an AI system will know more about your actions, behaviors, preferences, physical performance and vital metrics than you do. So will the companies that capture and process the data. Sounds more like a AI Overload now doesn’t it?
Personally, I think the positive benefits outweigh the negative drawbacks and will force us to have a collective discussion on ways we can leverage AI without totally compromising our privacy and relinquishing control of our daily lives. Be it that we’re now 18 years into the 21st century and data is all around us, it’s only a logical progression that intelligent systems play a critical role in helping us become better humans.