When AI becomes competent enough to produce a finished product from a simple input prompt, does this render the need for that product obsolete? Perhaps. Let me explain…
As I gaze into the metaphorical crystal ball, read guess, attempting to predict the ever-evolving landscape of AI, I can’t help but notice a certain contradiction.
Allow me to illustrate with an example. Soon, an AI might be able to design and develop a service for a company based on a simple prompt, such as “build a web app to report sick leave.” In response, the AI would create a sophisticated web app with an excellent user interface and functionality. However, when we reach this stage in AI development, the demand for such web apps might diminish. Because if the AI becomes that advanced, one could simply expect to be able to instruct the personal AI assistant to report their sick leave, and the task would be completed effortlessly. There would be no need to pick up a smartphone, sign in, and navigate the interface and so on. Our whole way of using tech might be compressed into having a conversation with the AI about what we want to accomplish. (Yes, something like the movie Her.)
Viewing AI development in this light, it’s easy to sympathize with those who argue that the Tech Singularity is already upon us. This refers to the idea that AI development has reached a pace where it is impossible to rely on past data or experience to predict future advancements. When someone says, “Well, AI still can’t do blank,” my typical response is, “Give it two weeks.” These times of rapid breakthroughs are undeniably exhilarating. However, they also lead us into uncharted territory.