AI can be used to create images in seconds by simply searching for what you need. Credit: AI generated image via Bing Image Creator

In the film, The Terminator, robots powered by AI almost take over the world. Is this our future?

Not yet but the emergence of ChatGPT, the generative text tool, at the end of 2022 has put this sophisticated tech at the fingertips of us all, and now AI-backed tools are springing up everywhere.

In fact, AI has been part of everyday life for some time, though many of us were oblivious to it. The ‘photo’ above? We created it in seconds with Bing Image Creator

Here’s a round-up of other ways in which AI may now figure in YOUR life:

1. Handing in your notice?

A video of a woman asking ChatGPT to type out an email that requires processing of complex emotions, such as quitting a job and asking for a shorter notice period, is doing the rounds on TikTok. Created for fun, it sheds light on how people are turning to this technology to communicate emotional events or sensitive situations.

2. Are you speaking to a human or AI?

An AI voice generator imitates vocal tones and patterns in languages to produce human-like speech. They’re commonly used in customer service, podcasting, the creation of audiobooks, and chatbots. The demand for AI voice generators may increase as the desire for personalised and compelling digital experiences increases. Whilst AI voice generators appear as a powerful tool, they are being misused by scammers and present a potential security threat. Issues surrounding ‘voice ownership’ have been raised.

3. What does the late Princess Diana make of the King’s coronation?

If you could talk to your favourite historical figure, what would you say? A new AI chatbot allows you to do just that. Historical Figures Chat is the latest artificial intelligence tool created by 25-year-old Amazon software engineer Sidhant Chadda. The app uses GPT-3 technology to allow you to chat with more than 20,000 popular figures from history, including Jesus, Diana, Abraham Lincoln and Marie Antoinette.

4. Hi Siri, how are you?

The underlying panic of AI seems ironic when almost all homes have voice assistants like Siri and Alexa. Whether you’re annoying Siri or using it wisely, you can’t deny that your own personal mobile assistant could be handy.

5. Creating a website

Asking ChatGPT to come up with simple code for websites is easy and it makes each step clear. It helps novices learn code, spots error and offers solutions to correct them. AI can speed up development time on programs, though needs to be checked by humans to make sure that it’s working correctly.

6. What’s for dinner? 

Are the days of consulting dieticians for your balanced meal plans coming to an end? With the help of ChatGPT, you can make your own meal plan based on your health requirements, budget and time constraints. You can even tell the tech what cuisine you want to make and any ingredients to avoid.

7. What’s your password? 

Some of the most common yet unnoticed AI assistance appears within mobiles. Facial recognition including face ID enables us to unlock our phones by simply glancing at it. Your iPhone uses the TrueDepth camera to scan your facial contours alongside machine learning to authenticate if it’s really you. Regardless of whether you’re wearing makeup or your favourite sunnies, this tech will find a way to recognise you and if not, it will ask for your password. 

8. It’s time to write an essay

Does AI mean the end of the academic essay when students can use ChatGPT to write essays in a matter of seconds? While teachers class ChatGPT essays as plagiarism, they can’t predict how AI is set to grow in the education sector. Will we have bot teachers and lecturers? And will they be better than humans?

9. Snap me later

Snapchat has released an experimental AI chatbot which is available to all snapchatters for free. Powered by ChatGPT, My AI is available for questions and chats if you’re feeling bored. It can recommend filters, find local restaurants, create recipes and even suggest what to do at the weekend, though Snapchat has warned “Responses may be biased, incorrect, harmful or misleading content.”

10. Is content original?

AI has been praised for its success with content creation. Drawing upon its magical powers, it can help creators come up with content ideas by providing a list of suggestions after identifying gaps in online content. Portent’s Content Idea Generator is one of the many tools developed to provide a helping hand to your favourite influencers. And if that wasn’t enough, AI-powered SEO can help to boost ratings giving you extra time to create.

11. Have the Gallagher brothers settled their feud?

AI can create music that sounds exactly like your favourite bands, even if they broke up a long time ago. You may have heard of Oasis, but have you heard of AIsis? In April 2023, an album surfaced on the internet which captured the attention of music critics and fans alike. No, warring siblings Noel and Liam Gallagher aren’t best buds again and Oasis are not reforming. In fact, the album, The Lost Tapes Volume One was made entirely by AI.

12. A scammer’s paradise?

Criminals are using AI to impersonate people and steal money. TikToker Brook Bush shared the story of how an AI scam artist impersonated her brother’s voice and almost convinced her grandad that he was in prison for attempted murder and needed bail money.

13. Finding a cure

Machine Learning is a form of AI used in healthcare, it can be used to diagnose diseases, drug development and analysing X-ray’s and brain scans. The company Brainomix has developed ‘AI-powered imaging biomarkers,’ their e-Stroke tool uses AI-algorithms to assist doctors in interpreting brain scans for stroke patients. AI can process and analyse data way quicker than any human leading to quicker diagnoses potentially saving lives.

While we grapple with the potential benefits and dangers of AI, development of the controversial technology is surging ahead.

Is it the fear of the unknown or relinquishing power to machines that bothers us?