AI has been a big topic for tech as it has influenced a lot of change in our daily life and how companies operate. The full potential of the technology lies with big tech companies like Google and Facebook and we will discuss how making it public will be beneficial. Decentralizing this technology to the government and public means opening up access to everyone, especially the government. Doing so will open up new avenues of research and benefits for the country. It is not necessarily restricting the tech giants to stop working on their projects, but rather opening up access to everyone, including the common citizen so that they could do their experiments. However, the current monopoly that these big tech giants have over the distribution or harnessing of information is a huge barrier for the development of a country.
When the general public gains access to this information, there are bound to be more developments in the field and it will only help the country in the end to tackle some of its direst problems in a variety of ways. The access of the technology also opens up new avenues of competition, and competition is a good thing to have as it promotes innovation. There is also mention of how there is a lack of competition because start-ups wouldn’t survive or get a chance to compete because they would be overpowered by the existing tech giants. Sometimes, a big tech company would buy out a start-up, effectively buying the competition to maintain the monopoly. It is clear that the authors are not in favor of full control of the technology by these companies, and they believe that public access will truly change things for the better.
One of the key components for AI to be as accurate and efficient as possible is data. Data is being collected throughout our lives by the interactions we have with technology, and these two big tech giants have the means to get the most out of them. All of that information needs to be accessible to the governments and other legible authorities so that they can do their own development or breakthroughs in AI. They should emphasize great care to not give access to other entities that may harm the establishment of the government or the country as data in the wrong hands can be disastrous. Public access to this technology means big trouble, AI is a sensitive field as a lot of data is utilized for it to function. If such information falls into the wrong hands, then it would mean anarchy. This concern needs to be talked about and steps should be taken on how to keep the information well regulated and only accessible to the legible people, all the while, protecting it from hackers or a rival country.
Lastly, there also needs to be discussion about how this power could be misused by the authorities or the government. It is a double-edged sword, on one hand, it could help study the population better and provide good means of surveillance for any potential attacks, like threats with sentiment analysis or any other information flow. It can also be a means to take control of the population. The government has all your information, not only is that a great invasion of privacy but it is also a way of tracking down and predicting your intentions. The people who are utilizing or blatantly abusing this power need to be brought into the fold.