Education & Culture

Ethical application of AI requires extensive protocols

Published : 29 Sep 2023 09:33 PM

Since artificial intelligence (AI) was first developed, we have seen a variety of applications for it in the entertainment, creative, literary, musical, and educational fields. One after another, science fiction films were made that showed robots gaining control of the planet and ousting humans in every field imaginable.

When it was made available to the general public, OpenAI's ChatGPT was an immediate success, and the business was the first to begin telling the tale of the annihilation of the human race. According to a UBS analysis published in February of this year, ChatGPT, the fastest-growing consumer application in history, is believed to have reached 100 million monthly active users in January, just two months after its launch. 

Unlike Facebook, which began in 2004, ChatGPT took just two months to reach 100 million subscribers. Facebook took five years. Instagram, which launched in 2010 but was not yet a part of Meta, took 2.5 years to reach one million downloads. Twitter had to wait five years whereas TikTok finished everything in nine months. So extinction is close at hand, right? Hold your horses, though. Humans are still very much alive and well. Even certain tabloids and news organizations have convinced me that AI is not as intelligent as they claim.

Not just ChatGPT, but other AIs like Midjourney and Bard also generated a significant amount of discussion on the internet. In this rapidly changing world of speed and dynamics, innovation and discoveries paved the road for humankind to flourish and live. However, what actually kept us moving forward was the desire to serve the people rather than the owners of the claimed revolutionary solution.

The most creative solution we could have imagined is electricity. It functions something like a thread that maintains connectivity and synchronization, allowing machines, servers, and software to respond and act in response to any input. It worked because electricity took some time to spread to the general population. It might have had terrible effects on the entire world if it had spread to every nook and cranny with a single click. Every process requires time, and creative solutions are no different.

However, the creation of powerful AI systems was halted in March of this year by the industry's heavyweights because of the way AI is progressing with the vigor we have seen for the last few months and worries that humankind may be in danger. In an open letter, they express worry about potential risks and assert that the haste with which AI systems are being developed has gone too far.

Insofar as Bangladesh is concerned, it must first and mainly control the information that is spread intermittently in other locations and primarily on social media. As more people convert to smart phones and take advantage of online opportunities, the country has seen a rise in mobile purchases and internet penetration. This development has both positive and negative indicators.

Because those who claim to be internet literate here only post offensive or low-quality content. Modern techniques like Deepfakes, which use artificial intelligence to edit or create convincing and, at times, almost realistic audio or video footage of people saying or acting in ways they never actually did, may compromise the integrity of any individual or community in a divided country like ours. More often than not, we have witnessed a minority become stuck in a difficult situation while the majority engages in unethical behavior behind their backs and demands rapid government assistance.

The nation needs to concentrate on improving public services with AI's assistance after appropriate legislation, regulation, and implementation are developed. In the recently finished budget session, the ruling party approved a bold proposal to establish virtual banks. Incorporating AI into the fields of healthcare, agriculture, and ready-made clothing should also be done because doing so will ultimately save money and time. Finally, educating Bangladeshis about the negative effects of AI will necessitate a significant revamp of the educational system and result in good change.