Saturday, June 16, 2018
1:06:08 EDT AM Change text size for the story It’s a question everyone should be asking themselves amid the rapid rise in the development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, according to tech expert Amber MacArthur. The Canadian television and netcasting personality told an audience at Canadore College Friday that AI is changing the world around us.

And her advice is that people be ready to adapt and leverage the opportunities that will come with the emerging technologies. “Many people believe that they are immune,” said MacArthur, noting AI will have a far-reaching impact on our lives, including the future of jobs, transportation and health care.

She suggested half of all digital searches, for example, will be voice-activated by 2020 and that AI bots will be responsible for 85 per cent of all customer service interactions by that time. MacArthur also highlighted autonomous vehicles, noting the market is expected to be worth $7 trillion by 2050.

“In health care, we’re not just talking about making things better, we’re talking about saving lives,” she said, suggesting AI has the potential to help doctors, including the ability to process large amounts of data quickly in order to make faster diagnoses. Her presentation – Demystifying Artificial Intelligence: A Day in Your Life – was delivered to a select audience of Canadore’s community and industry partners.

Her answer: “I don’t think so.” MacArthur, however, acknowledged that AI poses some very real dangers. And she stressed the need for an ethical approach toward its development. Read more from…

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