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Artificial intelligence 2021: Sacrificing security for freedom?

The current COVID-19 pandemic has spurred the introduction of artificial intelligence (AI) into all spheres of human life. Faced with the urgent need for new algorithms, various government agencies and private companies have often introduced half-baked AI technologies, refining them as they go. The year 2021 will obviously increase the AI’s role in society and will significantly change the people’s lifestyles and the work of various institutions.

First off, let us figure out what the term “artificial intelligence” really means. In a nutshell, it is the ability of a digital computer or a computer-controlled robot to perform tasks usually associated with intelligent beings. However, in philosophy and science fiction, AI is often referred to as a program capable of thinking like humans do, of creating and feeling. However, while humans have yet to come up with their fully electronic replica, in some areas AI has already mastered the art of creation.

That being said, the AI ​​as we know it is not yet capable of creating or thinking in a human way. It is essentially an algorithm that solves problems strictly as instructed by a human being. The tasks assigned to AI are extremely wide, from “smart” databases to the creation of self-driving cars. In the 21st century, the progress in computer programming, high technologies, and the need to process massive amounts of information has significantly increased the role of artificial intelligence in helping people cope with all this, bringing about such notions as “digital government,” “digital democracy” and “smart home.” However, in 2020, demand for AI has been especially high for a number of reasons.

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