Tech Tip: Is AI a Threat or an Asset to Your Business?
By February 27, 2023 0 244•
Now that Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools are more publicly accessible than ever before, the question of whether or not it’s good for business looms ever larger. These tools are limited in their capacity to help, but they do show enormous potential to bring success in the future.
Let’s go over some of the questions people have about AI tools.
Do AI Programs Steal Art and Work from the Internet?
An AI program cannot function without data to work with, and the Internet is the single most populated database in existence. Recent AI tools make use of data found on the Internet, much of which is legally protected by copyright law, often without recognition or recompense. There are even examples you can find online, including those where AI-generated paintings showcase the base work amidst the scraps of others (including the author’s signature). AI-generated text can also be run through plagiarism checkers to determine its authenticity, often failing to pass the test — at least in terms of what is acceptable.
The odds are just as likely that the AI you might use will create more problems than it solves, particularly with this kind of creative work and intellectual property. How these problems will be addressed and resolved is unclear at this time.
AI Could Influence Employment
How work is done is constantly changing, and AI presents yet another opportunity for some businesses to accomplish specific tasks in a different, more hands-off way. While there have been cases in the past where certain technologies and innovations have been replaced by more modern tools, like the car replacing the horse, for example, certain positions in the creative arts have long been considered “safe” from the interference of technology. Well, AI makes a case against that statement.
There is a very real concern that AI could invalidate many creative positions, even with plagiarism involved. That said, however, it’s equally likely that these positions will simply change and adapt to the new technology. New opportunities are bound to emerge from these technological advancements, leading to a sort-of “collaboration” between AI tools and their human masters. In this way, AI is doing the heavy lifting while the humans are the ones in charge of managing that lifting.
We’re Here to Help with Your Business’s IT, AI or No
The role that AI will play in business has yet to be determined, but we know that it will be an interesting opportunity when it does arrive. Computerware will be here to help you make technology-related decisions of all kinds, AI included. To learn more, give us a call at (703) 821-8200 or reach out to Computerware at Cwit.com.
Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.