By Nimra Noor, Trending Writer
While the world sees the United States and China competing vigorously to lead the race of being the Artificial Intelligence (AI) superpower, most of the developing countries appear to encounter difficulties in the adoption of technology and innovation. Having influenced the global economic structure significantly, technology outlines the manner firms and nations administer the process of production, sales, and imports and exports.
China seems to be convinced that being the largest populated country in the world will emerge it as the winner of the AI race soon. With the majority, especially students, desirous to engage in deep learning, everyone is collaborating to expand research regarding new technological ideas. Surprisingly and unconsciously, the U.S. provides China an opportunity to step one foot ahead with technology. The general assumption that the U.S. creates the best technology in the world can be very damaging and is probably the main reason for cuts of scientific and technological research through the Trump administration. Realizing the intensity of international competition, many Asian and European countries, significantly Japan and the European Union have also stepped into the game, trying to introduce and further efforts to allow robots to take over the white-collar jobs in factories, domestic, and software industries.
On the contrary, there stands the world of developing countries who are struggling to adopt the technology, let alone their consideration to participate in the AI race. Although the adoption of technology has proven to have profound effect on some emerging economies, with Ai providing the favorable circumstances to yield more, there are nonetheless considerable barriers in implementing such technology to the third world. Most significantly, not having the apt infrastructure for the effective exploitation of AI, such countries fail to take advantage of the ways technology can approach their basic problems. For example, access to food and water and an improved education system can be provided to the people more by introducing more effective and speedy farming techniques, along with early identification of crop diseases, and employing technologies such as “Intelligent Tutoring System” respectively. However, certain factors hold back progress for such inhabitants of the developing countries. Among these, limited infrastructure and less secured global connectivity, as well as the growing cultural and religious fears concerning AI that it may possibly make the traditional practices obsolete and lead to a more secular world, has restricted the extent to which technology can be exploited.
All in all, with the U.S. boasting about its success rate in technology, predominantly owing to Microsoft, Google, and Facebook, China aiming to conquer the climatic stage of AI a decade from today, and some emerging nations still being held back by cultural and religious restraints to adapt to already innovated technology, one thing remains constant. The benefits of Artificial Intelligence will certainly not be limited to the winner of the race, but the improved quality of life will certainly be experienced by all the world.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, September 26th print edition.
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