September 28, 2023

In movies such as “Terminator” (1984), “Ex Machina” (2014) and “iRobot” (2004), artificial intelligence is portrayed as dangerous, but it could be a helpful tool in the world today. Modern AI is at work in devices such as self-driving cars and drones that deliver Amazon packages.

Dr. Berniece Alspach, associate professor of English, said she has been introduced to AI through media and recognizes the power it has to impact the future.

“I am a big fan of science-fiction movies and novels, and in these representations, AI is often feared,” Alspach said. “But like any technology today, AI has the potential to provide solutions to some big challenges.”

Gabriel Valoz, senior software engineering major, said AI has the ability to limit threats in the workforce for jobs such as nuke cleaners and pipeline workers.

“AI could take people out of dangerous working conditions and limit the sometimes di cult or straining manual labor work for people,” Valoz said.

Jelaiya Jacob, computer engineering student, said she is confident AI can be used safety in everyday life.

“While AI has now become ingrained into our lives we can start protecting ourselves by integrating safeguards into AI programs.”

Dr. Creed Jones III, professor of computing, software, and data sciences said everyday life without AI will eventually become a thing of the past.

“Primarily, since the start of the Industrial Revolution, technologies are adopted, they fail, we stumble, we finally find our way. The next thing you know, our society is built on it,” Jones said.

Although there is no indication AI will become a tool in CBU classrooms anytime soon, there is no doubt AI will have a role in society’s future.

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