Artificial Intelligence: how might this technology impact the future?


AI combines the sciences, philosophy, psychology, and engineering. Altogether, AI essentially gives computers the ability to think and execute autonomously.

Cheryl Chang, Contributing Writer

From new anatomical discoveries, to revolutionary innovations in technology, to formulating a new chemical mixture for toothpaste, advances in science are made every day. 

Artificial intelligence, also known as AI, is currently mastering a wide range of functions, from performing health diagnostics to being able to pick out and edit what individuals are saying in videos.

According to, AI is the study and design of intelligent agents in which an intelligent agent, a system capable of perceiving its environment, takes actions and enhances their chances of success.

Essentially, AI imposes numerous fields, including the sciences, philosophy, psychology, and engineering, in order create a machine capable of intelligent behavior.

First developed in 1955 by John McCarthy, Marvin Minsky, Allen Newell, and Herbert A. Simon, AI has been deemed as one of the fastest developing and most significant discoveries of our century.

“It’s really cool to see how far technology has advanced and it really makes me wonder what the future of AI will look like.  After all, it hasn’t been all that long since AI was first invented, but it has become exponentially more advanced in such a short period of time,” said junior Jackeline Fernandes.

Since 1955, AI has drastically advanced.  In April of 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration permitted marketing of the first AI that diagnoses health problems at primary care clinics without specialist supervision. 

This specific AI technology utilizes a program that inspects eye images for signs of diabetes-related vision loss.  This is extremely important as it can be revolutionary for people who live in remote or low-resource areas, where ophthalmologists are scarce. 

“I’d say that it’s cool and everything, but it’s also kinda scary at the same time,” said junior Micah Golan.  “I mean, yeah it’s awesome that they can be used to diagnose health problems, map the moon more accurately, and a bunch of other stuff, but have you seen 2001: A Space Odyssey or I, Robot? That’s mad scary.”

Despite these hesitations, AI technology has continued to advance, so be on the lookout for new developments.  Who knows?  Perhaps they will end up changing your life in the near future as well.