The recent explosion of interest in and use of generative artificial intelligence extends well beyond the realm of traditional information technology industries. AI is the topic of conversation at water coolers, strategy meetings and board rooms everywhere. As Bellarmine University prepares students to be successful leaders in their fields, here are five careers poised to see immense change wrought by AI. Read more about generative AI and its implications.
If the pandemic’s aftermath saw the remote doctor visit as a new normal, expect AI to raise the bar on what’s possible—responsibly—in connecting people with individualized care. Could this mean an AI-driven chatbot “sees” patients, perhaps supervised by a licensed practitioner? Perhaps more likely initially, health-focused information repositories online may be enhanced to boost interactivity and the ease with which specific and finely tuned answers are found by the ailing. Think WebMD on steroids. If nothing else, nurses, therapists, physicians and other healthcare professionals will find new AI-enabled tools and technologies available to them as they seek to provide effective and patient-centered care, which is exactly what Bellarmine seeks to promote.
Medical science and research
Artificial intelligence stands to substantially increase the power of research in the medical field. We’re already seeing cases where the ability of AI to analyze data and identify even the most obscure patterns in patient imaging has led to unprecedented advances in the early detection of tumors and cancer cells. AI is literally saving lives already. As AI tools proliferate in medical science, will we begin to see disease increasingly discovered in otherwise healthy people, with late-stage surprises diminishing? Could AI-driven medical research bring a whole new level of strength to the war against cancer?
ChatGPT has collectively awed the world over the past few months because of its ability to mimic a human—a very capable one. In education, the concept of individual tutoring has long been deemed to be among the most effective forms of intensive learning. Often, though, tutors are not easily available, and they may be expensive. Eventually, ChatGPT’s current shortcomings in accuracy will be vastly diminished, and we may see a method of providing individualized, human-like tutoring for virtually anyone, on any topic, on demand. Don’t expect an embodied AI to sit at the front of kindergarten classrooms any time soon, but those pursuing careers in education would do well to take note of AI-driven changes in educational tools and services going forward.
The AI thread through all these topics is highly customized and personal experiences based on massive amounts of data. That’s pretty much the ideal of marketing professionals all over the planet. Expect to be “marketed to” much more convincingly soon! Some may find this to be an especially intrusive future, and there are undeniably important discussions to be had around marketing topics like consumer data collection, as such information is the lifeblood of effective AI in this field. If you’re on the marketing professional track, expertise in AI tools and implications are likely to be hot commodities in the job market as companies navigate these minefields.
If AI stands to affect and transform such a broad swatch of human life in the near future—and make no mistake, it does—then you can expect our legal system to experience a wave of ramifications as the population struggles through new phenomena, precedents and situations in which rights and privileges are unsettled. We’re already seeing those now, as authors and artists sue OpenAI (the company behind ChatGPT) and others, claiming that AI uses their property in ways that are or should be illegal. So far, these are commonly cases where an existing work—a book excerpt, a piece of art—is recognizable in some way in the product of a generative AI platform. For example, if Midjourney outputs a “new” piece of “art” (again, we’re still defining these old terms!) that looks startingly like the latest discovered Banksy, would the elusive street artist have standing to seek damages? Lawyers, lawmakers, lobbyists and other law-centric professions are walking into an entirely new frontier that they are also poised to shape. –Adam Elias