Artificial Intelligence: The Future is Here, and It’s a Little Bit Scary

5 min readMar 2, 2023

Or Is It? Learn More About AI & How It Has Changed Our World Without Us Even Noticing.

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From Smartphones to Self-Driving Cars

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is nothing new to us. In fact, it has been a large part of our daily lives for more than a decade now. From voice assistants like Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant to self-driving Tesla cars, it’s safe to say that AI is here to stay.
However, even though this rabbit-hole has been running deep for over a decade now, most of us are still unaware of its presence in our world today.

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AI has been a silent yet powerful player in our world’s progression for over a decade now. But many of us remain oblivious to it’s presence and impact. From voice assistants to self-driving cars, AI has now become the modern-day standard.

While there are unlimited possibilities, we must also face the reality that it’s quickly changing the job economy as we know it. With companies like OpenAI, who recently released ChatGPT’s APIs, garnering over 100 million users in a matter of a month, to popular imageword-blender tools like MidJourney generating viral images making their rounds on Tiktok everyday, many people began to quickly notice how startup companies are already using AI to automate fundamental tasks and jobs that were previously done by humans.

The growth of AI also presents unique solutions to age-old issues and offers new ways to approach traditional industries, creating niches that require a new set of skill and capabilities.
By embracing our pace of growth and staying well-informed, we can learn to thrive in this golden age era without being consumed by it.

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‘The Wall-E Effect’

The 2008 Pixar film paints a striking visual for future of human lifestyle, where humans have become hyper-dependent on automated, everything. Leading to a lack of self-awareness, ambition, and our beloved jobs. It’s a future that’s not too far off, with AI poised to transform human life in ways we can’t yet imagine.

The boom of remote work and virtual interactions has already led to a more digital landscape for many of us. As AI continues to advance, there is a real possibility that we may become even more disassociated from the growing world around us, relying on technology for everything from decision-making to social communication.

Are we being replaced? It’s not just our livelihood that’s bound to change, As AI is connected deeper into the way we interact with the world, there’s a growing concern that we could possibly lose agency and control over our own lives. With algorithms making decisions for us, we may find ourselves disconnected from our own experiences, unable to take act in our own destiny.

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The Dead Internet Theory

What is the Dead Internet Theory?
At the heart of the Dead Internet Theory is the idea that the internet is becoming artificially driven by bots. As early as 2010, the CIA has been using software to run narratives on public forums & deepfake propaganda. This software has since been utilized for sports, politics, and media publication.

You may be well aware of the information gatekeepers, the visible ones being major social media companies such as (Meta & Twitter), search engines (Google & Bing), and a roster of internet service providers, all have a massive amount of authority over what we actually see and do on the internet.
These entities have the ability to control the flow of info and shift our perceptions of the world. Many people worldwide have made comments regarding feedback loops online, creating what seems to be, a ‘grass-walled effect’ on their social feeds; where we are only exposed to info online that reinforces our existing bias and belief.

Some believe that the growth of AI has played a key role in the mass amounts of deep-fake/misinformation content floating around online.
This is done by creating hyper-realistic fake news, stories, videos, and imagery that are nearly impossible to distinguish from real ones. This can further dissolve our trust in the information we find online, while making it a weaponized tool for powerful entities to control narratives.

So, what does all this mean for the future of the internet?

Where do we go from here?

Regardless of where we are, it’s all about ‘where we are going’.
In a world, where it’s easy to feel like we’re constantly playing a game of catch-up.
But what if we stopped thinking about it as a competition and started harnessing technology’s potential to enhance our own strengths?

Despite the impressive range of AI, there’s still something unique about human nature that cannot be replicated by machines. There’s still something uniquely human about our ability to connect with emotions and build meaningful relationships.

It’s this same essence that will continue to drive home innovation for years to come. Through this, we have the ability to leverage AI’s power to transform our strengths into superpowers. With the right approach, AI has the potential to help us achieve new heights of creativity, productivity, and success.

Thank you for reading.

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