Last May Twitter rolled out aÂ prompts feature that suggested its users think twice before tweeting. A month later, Facebook released AI conflict alerts to facilitate admin in taking action over unhealthy conversations. Similarly, the Halo fitness band from the stable of Amazon was useful in monitoring the voice tones. Wellness is not just about counting the steps and tracking the heartbeats, studies are being conducted to develop tools that can predict and prevent negative behavior.
Stanford University's professor of communication, Jeff Hancock, said artificial intelligence (AI) mediated communication operates on behalf of a communicator as an intelligent agent by augmenting, modifying and generating messages, and the technology is being deployed. With the COVID-19 pandemic,Â human relationships depended more on computer-mediated channels.
AI technology is now almost everywhere and it is even impacting the relationships of humans without being noticed. One of the best examples is Gmail's Smart Reply that suggest to way to respond to an email. Moreover, Smart Compose of the same offers how to finish sentences while composing an email. These two features were rolled out for mobile phones in 2015 and 2018 respectively and are powered by neural networks.
Cornell University's PhD researcher Jess Hohenstein first came across the Smart Reply feature in 2015 when Google Allo was launched and supported virtual assistants. She found it creepy as algorithm influence was not needed. Three years later she found that technology is changing the way she used to interact.
AI is demonstrated by machines and it is different from natural intelligence that is displayed by humans and animals. Study materials define it as the study of intelligent agents. It is basically a system that perceives the environment as well as takes actions in an attempt to achieve the goals.
Today, some term it as machines that mimic cognitive functions of the human mind like learning and problem-solving. The definition has been largely rejected by major AI researchers.
AI was founded in 1956 as an academic discipline. The research was disappointing due to the loss of funding. Highly mathematical-statistical machine learning dominated the AI field in the 21st century and it was more successful.
Tech giants like Tesla and Amazon have committed over $1 billion to nonprofit companies such as the Future of Life Institute and OpenAI, which are responsible for AI development.
The regulation of AI is in the process. It is an emerging issue in jurisdictions. Dedicated strategies for it have been adopted by dozens of countries ncluding Canada, China, Mauritius, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the USA and Vietnam. Others are elaborating on it.