Are we witnessing the dawn of a new era where AI usurps human cognition?

Is AI replacing humans?
AI advancements have equipped machines to mimic human speech, actions, and cognitive processes. The potential for AI to develop emotions and reasoning capabilities, even human-like clones, looms on the horizon.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly an incredible innovation, or so to speak, invention. With its ability to produce faster responses, tailored responses to your search area, answering questions, providing insights, helping brands to strategise their approach to customers and even teaching people some form of skills.

The Robots have been equipped to talk, act, and even think like humans. In essence, you can program the bot to behave like you; and humans are gradually adding new smart features to these inventions on a daily basis. The potential for AI to develop emotions and reasoning capabilities, even human-like clones, looms on the horizon. From communication to commerce, education to professions, AI permeates every sphere of human activity, reshaping our world at a rapid pace.

They are everywhere. From communications to sales to product productions to services to distributions to professions to education to academia…everywhere

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Before you think that I’m ranting without thoughts, let’s pause to think over it all. Who owns rights to the intellectual property of the “Best-selling” book generated by AI?

Who is to be held responsible for the responses from AI? How do we appreciate AI for helping us articulate our thoughts? You text or say “Thank you” to AI and it’s going to respond with the intention of serving you even more, they seem to know no limitations.

Now to academia, plagiarism is the highest offence to commit. People’s intellectual properties forever remain theirs, hence, the ability to create anything…, literally anything, is an individual’s greatest asset, that needs to be regarded as such.

That brings us to the recent concerns about AI generated responses. Some school of thoughts are beginning to doubt the originality and credibility of such responses. Teachers/Lecturers are now marking students down because of “AI generated” responses. Teachers are:

1. Worried about the originality of thought

2. Concerned about students using AI to write essays

3. of the view that the use of AI tools in academics falls under cheating

4. Concerned about the rise in use of smart tools to perform simple essential tasks like completing assignments and basic math.

According to wionews.com, Chat GPT (an AI tools) is now banned in some regions of the world (New York City Schools) and AI is expected to replace 85 Million jobs by 2085.

I join the school of thoughts then to raise queries on AI usage…

Is AI replacing our brain?

Should we use AI in Examinations?

What happens to academic integrity?

Artificial Intelligence and Human Intelligence, which is original, as these humans are the brains behind the AIs.

Should we be scared???

The Ghana Education Service (GES), says some WASSCE candidates had their papers cancelled in 2023 because of “AI generated answers”

Is AI causing more harm than good, or vice versa?

Addressing the potential risks associated with AI requires a multifaceted approach that considers ethical, legal, and educational aspects. Here are some suggestions to curb the rising threat of AI usage as outlined by an AI, Chat GPT

Ethical Guidelines and Regulations:

To mitigate the risks posed by AI while harnessing its potential, a holistic approach is imperative. Establish clear ethical guidelines for the development and use of AI technologies. These guidelines should prioritize transparency, accountability, and the responsible deployment of AI systems.

Governments and international bodies should work collaboratively to create regulations that address the ethical concerns associated with AI, ensuring that developers adhere to a set of standards.

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Responsible AI Development:

Developers and organizations involved in AI should prioritize responsible AI development. This includes considering the potential societal impact of AI applications and avoiding the creation of systems that could be used unethically.

Education and Awareness:

Implement educational programs to raise awareness about the capabilities and limitations of AI. This education should target not only the general public but also professionals and policymakers to ensure informed decision-making.

User Training and Awareness:

Provide training for end-users, such as students, on the responsible and ethical use of AI tools. This includes understanding the limitations of AI, avoiding plagiarism, and maintaining academic integrity.

Legal Frameworks for Intellectual Property:

Develop and update legal frameworks to address intellectual property issues related to AI-generated content. This includes defining ownership rights for AI-generated works and establishing mechanisms for attribution.

Collaboration Between AI and Human Intelligence:

Encourage collaboration between AI and human intelligence rather than viewing them as substitutes. Emphasize the importance of human creativity, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence that AI may lack.

Continuous Monitoring and Evaluation:

Implement mechanisms for continuous monitoring and evaluation of AI systems to identify potential biases, errors, or unintended consequences. Regular assessments can help ensure the responsible use of AI in various domains.

Public Discourse and Inclusion:

Foster open discussions and involve diverse stakeholders in shaping the future of AI. This includes researchers, policymakers, ethicists, and representatives from various industries and communities to ensure a balanced and inclusive approach.

Global Collaboration:

Promote international collaboration to address the global nature of AI challenges. Shared frameworks, standards, and best practices can facilitate responsible AI development and usage on a global scale.

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Research and Innovation for Ethical AI:

Invest in research and innovation to develop AI technologies that align with ethical principles. This includes exploring ways to enhance the explainability, fairness, and accountability of AI systems.

By implementing these measures, we can work towards harnessing the benefits of AI while mitigating potential risks and ensuring its responsible and ethical use across different sectors.”

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According to Chat GPT, developing a collaborative strategy would enable humans to leverage AI usage in our interest, hence humans ought to aspire to be ethically equipped in order not to see AI as substitutes. In essence, the issue of AI replacing human value is solely dependent on humanity’s decision and choice.

In conclusion, the integration of AI into our society necessitates careful navigation. By embracing ethical principles, fostering collaboration, and staying informed, we can shape a future where AI complements rather than replaces human intelligence.

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Article by

Abyna Mandy
Global Citizen, PR & MH Enthusiast
Email: mandy.afarilady1@gmail.com

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  1. Abyna Mandy says:

    Thank you for bringing these thoughts out of my shelves to the forefront.

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