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  • Writer's pictureJodi-Tatiana Charles

AI, The Jetsons, and the Hysteria of Living in the Future

October 25, 2023

Over the past month, I've been to around half a dozen conferences where AI has been the main topic of discussion. If you've been keeping an eye on the news, you've probably noticed the growing excitement and warnings about self-driving cars, robot butlers, and even talking toasters. It seems like some people are a bit anxious about these futuristic developments. Yes, you've got it – we're talking about Artificial Intelligence, or simply AI. If you're feeling a bit like George Jetson, don't worry. It's time to take a step back, have a good laugh about those AI-related fears, and get ready to embrace the future!

Picture it: the year 2063, and we're all floating around in our kick arse flying cars (we wish). Well, actually, we're still just stuck in traffic, but we've got AI to blame for that. People are all abuzz with concerns about machines taking over our lives, but let's be honest, haven't we always longed for the Jetsons' way of life?

George Jetson, that suave '60s character, had Rosie the robot maid, instant meals, and a button that magically changed his clothes. We may not have our own Rosie yet, but we do have the Roomba vacuum cleaner, microwave meals, and a smartphone that orders groceries at the touch of a button. What's next? Buttons for dressing ourselves? Hell Yah, I'd press that!

The fear of AI often stems from the misconception that it's out to replace us. But think about it, AI can't compete with the endearing chaos of a morning routine with kids or the endearing bumbling of your neighbor's DIY home improvement projects. We've all got our quirks that machines can't replicate, and that's a good thing!

Besides, George Jetson may have had it all, but his life was just a constant series of comical calamities. Remember his treadmill that sent him flying through the roof or his boss, Mr. Spacely, constantly yelling at him? AI isn't about taking our jobs; it's about giving us more time for the important things in life, like creating more hilarious mishaps!

We've all heard the term "adapt or die," but in this case, it's more like "embrace or become irrelevant." The future isn't coming; it's already here. We can either live in fear of the technological revolution or cozy up to our AI buddies, like Siri, Alexa, and ChatGPT and ask them to tell us jokes. Spoiler alert: they're not very funny, which is why we'll always need humans to bring the real humor.

So, what's the solution? Embrace AI as your trusty sidekick rather than your evil overlord. Let your virtual assistant create custom meal plans, order forgotten home necessities, or help you remember your anniversary (trust us, it's a lifesaver). Embrace the age of AI and use it to your advantage.

Besides, remember how the Jetsons lived in a hovering house high above the clouds? It wasn't the technology that made their lives amazing; it was the family that stuck together through thick and thin. And in the world of AI, there's no app or robot that can replace the warmth and love of family and friends. So, fear not, fellow Earthlings; the Jetsons' future is ours to shape. Let's make it a world of laughter, love, and a whole lot of button-pressing.

FIVE tips to combat AI fears and embrace the future:

  • Education Is Key: Keep yourself informed about AI and its capabilities. Understanding how it works can demystify the technology and reduce unfounded fears.

  • Embrace Learning: Make AI your friend, not your foe. Explore online courses or workshops to learn how to work with AI tools and technologies. This knowledge can boost your career and confidence.

  • Open Dialogue: Discuss your concerns with friends, family, or colleagues. Sharing and addressing your worries about AI can help you gain new perspectives and insights.

  • Ethical AI Advocacy: Support initiatives and organizations that promote ethical AI development. Engaging in discussions around AI ethics can ensure that technology is designed with the best interests of humanity in mind.

  • Stay Adaptable: Remember that change is constant, and embracing new technology is a part of life's journey. Be open to change and stay adaptable; it's the key to staying relevant in our evolving world.

So, the next time you hear the words "Artificial Intelligence" remember these tips and know that the future is yours to shape and enjoy!


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