Staff Writer Mohammed Mustafa Ali discusses the future positive impacts of AI, including the future of biotechnology, business and space travel.
As proven by recent breakthroughs, the world is entering a perceived golden age of artificial intelligence (AI), underpinned by recent inventions. Increased investment by companies and backing by governments has proved that the world is beginning to believe in a future of technological autonomy and reduced dependency on ourselves. Its influence extends to numerous fields and industries, transforming the way we work, communicate, and interact with technology. In my opinion, the influence of AI is propelling humanity into an era of unprecedented innovation.
As the upcoming secretary of the King’s College London branch of the UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, I firmly believe the impact of AI on the space industry will be positive, as it could increase the chances of humanity’s survival by facilitating an eventual permanent human expansion into the solar system. This would be possible by enabling spacecraft to operate autonomously. Advanced AI algorithms can make real-time decisions, process data, and adjust mission parameters without human intervention. This will lead to more efficient and agile spacecraft capable of adapting to changing conditions in space. Future missions to Mars, Venus, and other celestial bodies will benefit from AI systems that can navigate complex terrains, analyse data from various instruments, and make decisions based on this data. In my opinion, AI-driven systems will be essential for managing habitats, life support systems, and sustainable resource utilisation on other planets. Although space travel and planetary colonisation is seemingly implausible to the general public, as an ever-expanding species faced with a limited landmass and resources here on Earth, I believe it is inevitable that we, as humans, eventually expand beyond our planet. With the assistance of AI, the next generation of space entrepreneurs can help to turn my dreams of interstellar travel into a reality.
Faced with more immediate, terrestrial concerns, AI has the potential to revolutionise the field of biotechnology by transforming and automating research, drug discovery, and personalised medicine. Through AI algorithms, researchers could analyse biological data and identify potential drug candidates more efficiently, accelerating the development of new therapies. AI-driven precision medicine enables tailored treatments based on individual patient data, leading to more effective and targeted healthcare solutions. With its applications in medical imaging, AI enhances diagnostics and enables early disease detection. This holds tremendous promise for healthcare and will pave the way for future companies to improve on established practices, saving time, money, and lives.
Ultimately, it seems clear that we will continue to see the significant impact of AI on these fields as it revolutionises experts’ capabilities and reshapes how they process information and interact with users. Only time will tell what the extent of this impact will be.