The rise of artificial intelligence: a good development or scary? The DVHN Youth Panel thinks so

Artificial intelligence (AI) can bring great benefits to humanity, but there are also risks involved. Think deepfake videos. Is AI the future or scary? The DVHN Youth Panel thinks so.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is evolving and delivering countless benefits to humanity. Speech recognition, self-driving systems, translation machines, etc. help us in terms of convenience, user experience and efficiency. AI can also perform very complex operations tirelessly.

But how much thinking power do we want machines? How do we ensure that machines continue to do what we want? AI is also the basis of deepfakes, a relatively new form of image manipulation. Should we embrace AI or fear it?

Sophia de Vries (15)

“Artificial intelligence (AI), deepfake and avatars: new technologies that can be used as, for example, a form of art. On the one hand, it is very nice to see technology develop in this way. It is already being used in practice, for example with Google photos. There you can find all images containing that word with a keyword.

AI is also used in hospitals. For example, skin diseases can be detected using photos of the skin. And the development is also positive for the film and entertainment world, even better characters, animals, monsters or entire worlds can be created.

Unfortunately, the disadvantages of using AI greatly outweigh the advantages. The spread of fake news increases and creates dangerous situations. For example, the president of Ukraine is Zelensky deeply falsified . In a scene indistinguishable from the real thing, he addresses his troops and tells them to surrender and return to their families.

Deepfake is used to create blackmail material. Or consider the example of presenter Welmoed Sijtsma, who got the fright of her life when she saw herself in a deepfake video. Don’t think about it happening to you.

What is AI useful for? In addition to image and sound, AI can also write text. Maybe I’ll make use of it next time…”.

Fiennes Gozens (16)

“Welcome to the future: where we increasingly rely on computers. It started innocently enough with a poorly recreated video of Trump’s head, but the internet evolves faster than you think.

Artificial intelligence (AI) can now mimic human heads that are indistinguishable from real people by voice. It can be dangerous. With a fake video, an influential person can utter provocative lyrics that many people can believe.

But something else is happening: AI can now recreate an entire alternative world; not only people, but also art. It creates a brand new painting for you within 3 seconds; it just lacks keywords. You could say that artists have become redundant.

I think that’s a shame, because in paintings like Much’s The scream artists have stopped time, thought about the smallest details and painted with passion. I think this is what gives art its value. On the other hand, art is multi-interpretable; if you think something is beautiful, you can call it art and find it.

Of course, artificial intelligence also has advantages: it can take over dangerous professions such as EOD, perform nanosurgery, making these operations less risky. I think it’s good to let AI blend into society, but not forget the value of real human things.”

Martin Aukema (15)

“In recent weeks there has been a new craze on the Internet: the chatbot ‘Chat GPT’. It writes a text if you give the command to do so. It knows almost everything that can be found on the Internet, except things that happened after 2021.

Is this the future? Will students who have to write an essay just put an AI to work in the future?

Although this will seem like a utopia, especially for the students in question, it is not only positive. Of course, letting robots do all the menial tasks is a great idea, but this is not the perfect world that many people would imagine.

It might sound like a dystopia now, but what if we succeed in developing an AI with its own consciousness? Does he think it is good to work as a slave for the people?

If we let robots do all the work for us, obesity will also gain ground in our country and people will be bored. On the other hand, human errors will no longer be made in, for example, the healthcare system. Surgery by a robot is much safer than surgery by a human surgeon.

Thanks to this balance, I think we as humanity should thoroughly rethink what we want to achieve with AI.”

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