The Slow Burn: Examining the Next Decade of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence: The next decade will bring both huge breakthroughs and tiny changes

Recent developments such as DALLE-2, LaMDA and others are impressive and ready to impact the world. AI is ready to change the World?

The cultural obsession with artificial intelligence over the last decade has led to the feeling that the technology is about to have a meteoric impact. It is never far away, but it always seems to be a long way off. It feels like many hype-filled decades have passed since the release of Ex Machina 2014 and Westworld 2016, but we’re still waiting for AI’s big impact. However, a handful of recent developments–specifically, OpenAI’s unveiling of GPT-3 and DALLE-2, and Google’s LaMDA controversy–have unleashed a new wave of excitement–and terror–around the possibility that AI’s game-changing moment is finally here.

There are a few reasons why AI projects seem to be taking a very long time to produce results. Pop culture is almost entirely focused on possible outcomes of AI, and not its overall journey. It’s not surprising. We want killer robots, computer chips and brain implants when we watch the latest sci-fi movies or binge Black Mirror. Nobody will pay to watch a film about the gradual rollout of technology, unless the robots start killing in the first 30 seconds. While AI’s futuristic forms provide screenwriters with endless material, those who have based their expectations on Bladerunner are likely to feel disappointed.